Originally Posted by mountainman13
Depending on condition etc. you're dealing with a $1200+ gun. If you improperly restore it you'll be holding a nicer looking $120 gun. Leave it alone.
I had one in the shop and a collector came in. The stock had been professionally cut to shorten length of pull aside from that it was mint. The collector wasn't interested in the gun @ $900 just because of the alteration. He even said the price was great but not being 100% original he passed on it.
I thought that was the case....it was not gently used in its day. It was my grandfathers...and he and his boys USED it. The butt stock is scratched up and finish wearing off of the bottom...the receiver has some mild corrosion, and the bluing has faded significantly around the action and base of the barrel and mag tube...hence the reason for my question..lol. With that said, I would not hesitate to shoot this shotgun.. But wondered if restoration to improve appearence would ruin value. Thank you for the info!!!