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Model 1885 Highwall work
November 11, 2013
10:33 am
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If the picture link works then ok. Anyways, purchased a model 1885 highwall and was wondering, do I reblue and refinish the stock or leave as is.
This would be a shooter. The rear sight elevator is missing and I have already ordered a replacement.

Would appreciate your opinions

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November 11, 2013
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The link works, you just need to copy and paste it into your browser if it doesnt connect directly

November 11, 2013
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November 11, 2013
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All depends on if you want to ruin its collectable value and turn it into a shooter or not.

November 11, 2013
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I would make any repairs and leave finish alone. It doesn't look that bad. But to each his own

November 11, 2013
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Let me start out by mentioning that the original finish on the receiver frame, lever, hammer, breech block, and butt plate was color case hardening. The only part of the rifle that was blued (rust blue) was the barrel.

The condition of the rifle is such that you will not hurt the value by having it professionally redone. That stated, you will most likely not ever fully recover the cost to have it redone.

I personally would opt to fix what I could without refinishing it.

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November 12, 2013
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I'm currently not interested in selling, not to say that I wouldn't in the future. I have very little invested (under $300) and the nostalgia of owning and shooting this gun means more than getting a few extra dollars in my pocket.
I had a gunsmith tell me that the stock had been redone, although much of the original finish is gone.
Would removing the remaining varnish and oil finishing the stock and forearm be acceptable.

November 12, 2013
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bridgeman said
Would removing the remaining varnish and oil finishing the stock and forearm be acceptable.

Yes.

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November 17, 2013
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Bert,
for my 1885, what can you tell me, as far as production date and where the gun was shipped to. Serial Number 31378?

Thanks

November 17, 2013
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bridgeman said
Bert,
for my 1885, what can you tell me, as far as production date and where the gun was shipped to. Serial Number 31378?

Thanks

There is no available information for "where" it was shipped.

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