March 20, 2010
Id keep it for a shooter or trade it for something else. The money you would be investing in having it restored by a professional outfit could potentially outweigh the cost of finding one in the same configuration in better original condition. Unless there is sentimental value attached where you would be inclined to spend the money to have it restored or you just want a pretty gun, I cant come up with any reason to do so. And like others have said, if restored, you will likely not get your money out of it when you sell. Just my two cents.
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April 18, 2016
I know what I would do but u gotta go with the experts here. My main question to whoever did this. WTF IS WRONG WITH people? it would have had to be in bad shape to put a slick ass poslish on it. I am not saying the bluing wasnt but I couldnt imagine being that bad. But I dunno.
not wanting to hijack a thread but to anyone else is one ever worth restoring?
There are some guns worth restoring, money wise. They are generally deluxe grade guns with special features. The standard grade guns get restored just because someone wanted one or it had sentimental ties.
You can send them to me.
June 5, 2015
Don’t forget, once you get it refinished you’ll get into the whole new bucket of worms about it being reblued and ruined per the purest of our collectors society. There’s been many a discussion about refinished wood and metal ruining value. I would reblued it and never worry about value because I would never sell such a nice gun. IF it shoots well that is.
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Pictures sent, thank you again 1873man. I have no sentimental value associated with this rifle, nor do I have much money in it. I appreciate all the responses, and those that will be forthcoming. Nobody will hurt my feelings about it one way or the other. I’m going to continue to hunt with it once in a while too. A couple things, the last time I looked at the letter from Cody was quite a while back, and a few things aren’t as I remembered (surprise, I apparently have CRS). The letter does not, as some of you correctly mentioned, state that it is blued. I think since nothing was written that I just inferred that it was blued, and I believe that was a good assumption. Second, the barrel is “24, not “26. Why I remembered it that way, well, CRS again. I tried to show pictures that regarded questions that have been brought up. Look forward to the analysis. 021
November 8, 2011
If you reblue it you would need to take down the metal to clean it up and then your into remarking the address and caliber. Then you still have the wood to fix so your going to be putting some good money into it and you still have the chance it turn out bad and then you are stuck with it just like a Hollywood actor with plastic surgery that went bad. Its best to leave it as is.