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December 20, 2019
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What is your opinion on restoration or repair that devalues a rifle the most. ie; hot bluing, new period correct wood, Sights, re-Barrelled, cold blue, etc.

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December 20, 2019
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Sights are your least concern since they can be changed as long as the dovetail hasn't been modified or holes drilled. Wood is next up the list but you can always find original wood if you have enough time to look. Next you get to bluing the wrong color as long as it was chemically stripped and reblued since it can be corrected if sent to the right guy but you permanently devalued it. The worst is the guy that just bought a new buffing wheel and wants to try it out or you dropped it off at your local gun shop and they send it out to the guy that does their shotguns. Now the metal has been permanently screwed up and it can't be brought back. If the gun was rebarreled with the correct matching barrel and you can't tell then how do you know its was rebarreled but if they used a mismatch finish or style then that hurts it.

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December 20, 2019
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You didn’t mention it but one biggie is sanded and refinished wood. Usually very easy to spot and changes the whole character of the gun, at least for me.

 

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December 20, 2019
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1873man said
Sights are your least concern since they can be changed as long as the dovetail hasn't been modified or holes drilled. Wood is next up the list but you can always find original wood if you have enough time to look. Next you get to bluing the wrong color as long as it was chemically stripped and reblued since it can be corrected if sent to the right guy but you permanently devalued it. The worst is the guy that just bought a new buffing wheel and wants to try it out or you dropped it off at your local gun shop and they send it out to the guy that does their shotguns. Now the metal has been permanently screwed up and it can't be brought back. If the gun was rebarreled with the correct matching barrel and you can't tell then how do you know its was rebarreled but if they used a mismatch finish or style then that hurts it.

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I’m going to be extra careful when shopping if buffed or possibly buffed & sanded wood, but I’ll not get to concerned about original or correct sights.
Thanks Bob & Mike.

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TXGunNut said
You didn’t mention it but one biggie is sanded and refinished wood. Usually very easy to spot and changes the whole character of the gun, at least for me.

 

Mike  

Sanded or refinished wood can be corrected but will cost you money and time to find good wood. The lower the condition gun is easier to find good wood. Its the high condition gun that it hurts the most because people don't part out high condition guns. When you buy a gun you just have to look it over and make your mind up if your willing to live with the flaws it has and if you want to resell the gun down the road without having to make excuses for it. The best guns are the ones that sell themselves.

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