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30-30 Bolt Action 54
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March 15, 2022 - 4:12 am
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https://www.gunbroker.com/item/926473592
What does the group make of this gun in terms of originality and value?

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Don’t see how pitting on brl can mean anything but refinished.  That kind of pitting is hard to remove before a reblue without gouging out a lot of metal.  If it was pitting on the original finish that had been cleaned off, you’d not see that high polish blue.  Then there’s the ultra glossy stock finish–just too good to be true.

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I am seeing the blue as original finish that had some rust that was cleaned off leaving the pits. Notice the pits have halos characteristic of pits remaining after the raised up red rust is removed. Rust can be removed with a “Big 45” scrubbing pad the does not harm, scratch or remove the blue (a really good product). Refinished guns never have this feature of halos around the pits. The proof marks are struck on top of the finished blue and have halos as well, they are factory original as well. Lots of other marks and wear on the blue etc. that a re-blued gun seldom has.  Also the muzzle has the proper finish of the rust blue crawling onto the muzzle face but not completely. That is how the factory did it and it is never duplicated on a refinish. 

The stock however has finish added. Not a complete refinish but some True oil or other oil/varnish hand rubbed on top of the original varnish. Wood is proud over the butt plate as it should be. So it was not sanded. The stock could be improved by careful rubbing it down and de-glossing it a bit. Any good gunsmith wood man can do this. 

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Thanks for the comments!  That’s a great point about the the blueing at the muzzle and the silvering of the proofmarks.

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On point of value here, just my belated impression over decades of collecting.  Such that the rifle version of the Model 54 in 30 WCF chambering is a rarer commodity than the carbine version.  This a exception to my SOP impression of the opposite situation as Model 54 carbine versions ‘generally’ rarer in model-wide genre context. 

Would be interested in any other views concerning such matter. Hopeful of ‘stats’ supporting or controverting as otherwise personal observations.  🙂

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John

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