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January 28, 2021 - 6:18 pm
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Inherited a model 1894..

Mfg in 1911, half mag, 38-55 caliber

Problem is my uncle “refinished” the wood about 20 years ago and did an awful job..I am going to redo it..

Should I go ahead and reblue the steel, since he ruined the value of the gun..

It was my Great Grandfather’s, so it won’t be sold anyway..

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Steve,

We can’t answer that question without the benefit of seeing the gun (or clear pictures of it). 

What is the serial number?  Is it a Sporting Rifle, Carbine, or a different variation ?

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Inherited a model 1894..

Mfg in 1911, half mag, 38-55 caliber

Problem is my uncle “refinished” the wood about 20 years ago and did an awful job..I am going to redo it..

Should I go ahead and reblue the steel, since he ruined the value of the gun..

It was my Great Grandfather’s, so it won’t be sold anyway..  

Like Bert said, we need pictures.  Usually it is a waste of money to re blue a gun.  There is a chance that the wood finish could be fixed.  It is my opinion not to redo guns especially family guns. In your case maybe the wood??

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A gun with original metal and refinished wood is only half spoiled.  For me, it’s always better to not refinish.  Original metal is a good thing.  

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A gun with original metal and refinished wood is only half spoiled.  For me, it’s always better to not refinish.  Original metal is a good thing.    

Scooter you are assuming an amateur did the work..  I agree, I would never want to refinish a gun but someone that knows what they are doing can remove the finish and put the correct finish on it without sanding much or not at all.  Dings and dents might have to be left but the rest of the stock will look better.

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Chuck said

Scooter you are assuming an amateur did the work..  I agree, I would never want to refinish a gun but someone that knows what they are doing can remove the finish and put the correct finish on it without sanding much or not at all.  Dings and dents might have to be left but the rest of the stock will look better.  

I have 2 94’s that I re-did. They would have only been good for parts otherwise. Both had complete junk wood and missing some parts, but good bores and smooth metal. They both turned out great. a 20″ rifle in .25-35, and a SRC in .30WCF. I actually carry the .25-35 out hunting occasionally here in Alaska. Some folks might turn up their nose, but I find lots of people that really like the looks of them both.

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Chuck said

Scooter you are assuming an amateur did the work..  I agree, I would never want to refinish a gun but someone that knows what they are doing can remove the finish and put the correct finish on it without sanding much or not at all.  Dings and dents might have to be left but the rest of the stock will look better.  

I agree. I know of a guy that refinishes hard-used or damaged trap and skeet guns and I can’t tell they’ve been refinished. It’s often easy to tell when a gun has been refinished but I’d be very hesitant to say a gun has never been refinished after seeing his work. 

 

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