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Old 05-06-2012, 08:27 PM   #11
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I was thinking I wouldn't refinish it but from what Cane posted it doesn't look like it would hurt the value any to re finish it.
Not what I intended my post to imply.

I never recommend to refinish a collectible. Depending on the condition I may recommend to restore it.

Esp. with old warriors, (military artifacts) the wear should be witnessed. It is worn as a badge of courage evoking a plethora of mental exercises to postulate what historically happened to the firearm.

Commercial firearms, not so much unless their providence can be connected to some celebrity.
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I do plan on keeping it. Cane is correct, restore is what I want to do. I've has good luck with cold bluing but I think this one will go to a professional. I did my Ballester Molina and o doesn't look too bad. O also did a Winchester 1902 .22 single shot that was my grandpa's.

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Can you shoot modern smokeless powder in it without hurting it mechanically or depreciating its value? I passed on one recently and I'm wondering if that was wise.

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I wouldn't recommend it. If you chose to do so it would probably be something ridiculous like 2 grains of powder.
Assuming you're talking about a bp .32.

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No such thing as a black powder .32 AUTO. The cartridge was created in 1903, after the BP era. The Savage is capable of digesting standard .32 ACP ammo.

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I thought it was an odd question.

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No such thing as a black powder .32 AUTO. The cartridge was created in 1903, after the BP era. The Savage is capable of disgesting standard .32 ACP ammo.
Maybe it was an odd question. I was uncertain on when smokeless powder was first used in handguns, and if was comparable pressure-wise to the powders used in commercial ammo today. My only experience with C&R handguns is my CZ 52.
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FWIW, there were very few autos made for black powder, due to the rapid fouling effects. 1899-1900 is about the smokeless general distribution date.

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I had one of these many many years ago and used to shoot it. It was crazy inaccurate and prone to jamming, but back then I didn't know much and never took it to a smith to get it figured out.

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I've shot about 20 or more different ones of these, in .32 and .380. I've never had one jam yet. Accuracy has been OK(sights are poor for target shooting). If I was living in 1920 I would have been very happy to have one of these.

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