Originally Posted by BillM
The more I look at the pics the less I think the stock is original.
The medallion on the side and the plates for the wedge are on the
surface---an original would probably have them inletted flush.
The shape of the stock just doesn't look right for a hundred+
year old european stock.
It might be original wood, but someone has spent considerable time
tarting it up, and not in a good way.
Still a fantastic piece of work on the metal parts
Anything could be possible. The sad thing is, the one person who knew is no longer living, thus we may never know the real story. I know that it was considered his "project" gun. We do know that he refinished the stock.....perhaps he sanded it down to much where the medallions are, seeing as they do have a slightly countersunk appearance. Of course, simply finding a more original stock and putting the barrel on it may work. Who knows. I'm supposed to catch up with my buddies dad who has them this week to give him some values on all the stuff he inherited. Maybe I'll get him to leave that one here so I can do some more in depth research on it. The old man left him some great stuff. Here's what I had written down:
Remington 870 Express Magnum with second barrel 12ga
Remington 870 Express 12ga
Remington 550-1 .22 with original scope
Interarms .22 ATD
Mossburg 835 Ulti-Mag with second barrel 12 ga
Remington 760 30.06 Pump action
Winchester 1200 12ga
A little H&R .32 revolver
A Colt Dragoon copy from the 1950's
A S&W .38 Revolver from 1988--looks like the early tries into the works of concealing the hammer for pocket carry smoothness. I think it's a model 49. Nickel plated nice wood grips. Never been fired. Stored in a little padded case since new. I checked it out and it's got that new, crisp action and the rounds that are in it look like they were put in it the day it was bought, and never thought about thereafter.
He got a nice collection either way. He's hell bent on paying me for aiding him in values and perhaps sale of a couple of them, but I was like it's no big deal, I just like to get to see the collections of others. That's payment enough for me.
There were a couple more I didn't write down as he wasn't interested in selling.