I have no experience at rtestoring a complete firearm. I can refinsih wood, but that is extent of my experience. Any way I purchased a pre war model 64 in 32 Special whose forend was badly damaged but was in decent shape as a shooter. A local gunsmith with whom I dealt for 30 plus years recommended a gentleman in Wisconsin for the re blue work. The gunsmith disassembled the Model 64 and shipped it to Wisconsin last year at this time. In mean time, I found a replacement forend at Numrich, and while awaiting the reblue, I refinished with some Pilkington's Red and African Express to match the butt stock then had both checkered. Checkered stock was returned to me in July. Upon return of the metal I did not immediately notice some key items were missing, but when trying to reassemble in August found the steel shotgun type butt plate as well as the forend cap screws were missing. The Wisconsin guy swears he does not have them, the gunsmith that disassembled the Model 64 for shipping to Wisconsin went out of business in March and will not return phone calls. I now find out the fore end cap screw holes were enlarged at some point (other similar Winchester forend screws are too small to engage the threads), and so far can not get replacement screws with beveled head to fit. I did get a replacement butt plate, not steel but aluminum which is ill fitting. Antyway, I am looking to make this firearm a shooter for hog and deer once again. Where can I turn to to get quality repair/restore on a classic Winchester firearm in need of some minor fix ups? I am in no particular hurry, just want it done right for practical use. It is 95% back in order I think.
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