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Posted: 6/11/2001 8:42:34 AM EST
hi all, i came into 2 old guns and need some advice. the first one is a winchester 1894 - by the serial number, it was built around 1920 - and it shows. i have not fired it yet, but want to. the reciever is only 20-30% blue, the bbl and tube are about 70-80%, also, the wood is worn, rounded, chipped and scarred. i looked into the bore and found some light pitting. the second one is a colt 1871-72 open top ?? converted to .38 centerfire. it has no blue (if it ever has) the grips look original (guess) and have been re-stained long ago (guess). the bore is filthy, dusty and i can't see the metal. my questions are: 1) should i clean the revolver? 2) should i fire the rifle? and 3) would the rifle be worth more in this "original" state? or should i send it to winchester for a re-furb, make it look good, but possibly lower the value???? thank you all in advance!
Link Posted: 6/11/2001 9:02:36 AM EST
Clean em both real well, check them for mechanical reliability (or take them to a gunsmith if you're still not sure), and shoot 'em. Don't refurb either one as it will definitely reduce their value (at least that's what I've been told).
Link Posted: 6/11/2001 9:24:49 AM EST
There is a guy who goes by AntiqueDr who can really help you. He is usually at this site: [url]http://pub49.ezboard.com/bthefirearmsforum[/url] Or his website: [url]http://www.apaxenterprises.com/sys-tmpl/door/[/url] If anyone can help it will be him. Ron
Link Posted: 6/11/2001 2:12:23 PM EST
thanx guys! hey slacko, i can't wait to fire them, they just ooze history, 'ya know? i guess i'll run the colt past an expert as i don't know what to look for. Ron's Toys, great links! i'm sure i'll learn alot - and i will track down this AntiqueDr as well!
Link Posted: 6/11/2001 2:16:03 PM EST
I have an original Model 94 myself. Shoots fine. Something about that ol' timer just feels right.
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