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Old 10-22-2013, 06:34 PM   #41
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I think as long as it gets a good repair job it will hold some real value. I definitely wouldn't refinish it though.

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Colt or the 700

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The Colt Navy.

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I would would wipe it down with Old English scratch remover. Old English works with both polyurethane and oil finishes. A couple coats gently rubbed in with a soft cloth should revive the finish on your rifle. Get the old english scratch remover for light colored woods.

I used to own a company that refurbished old houses. The chair rail is always damaged in an older house. Lots of the finish was hand rubbed oil. It would be impossible to match a 100 year old oil finish with modern oils. After we painted the house and removed the tape from the chair rail we would always wipe it down with Old English scratch remover for light colored woods. I have no idea of how many houses we treated the chair rail with old english but I do know how many complaints we received. No one ever complained about the quality of the work. In fact, some homeowners thought we refinished the chair rail.

I use old english on all of my guns the first day I get them. Old english raises the grain. The wood on all of my guns looks like new. One gun I hunt with is a BAR made in Belgium. The gun was in very good shape when I bought it 25 years ago. The wood is still in very good shape after 25 years of hunting. The wood on my Citori looks like new after 15 years of use and a puppy scratching the stock with his needle sharp claws.

If there is a miracle product for restoring wood finishes it is Old English scratch remover.

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The Colt Navy.
Oh im keeping the old grips just in case i do go to sell it i will sell both grips with it as well
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a properly refinished stock more than likely will not decrease it's value, but will most likely increase it's value. there are exceptions to this. some firearms due to their historical significance should never be refinished in any way.

but most common run of the mill firearms, that are in sad shape, can benefit from being refinished.

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a properly refinished stock more than likely will not decrease it's value, but will most likely increase it's value. there are exceptions to this. some firearms due to their historical significance should never be refinished in any way.

but most common run of the mill firearms, that are in sad shape, can benefit from being refinished.
I agree. It is also fun and pretty easy to do.
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I agree. It is also fun and pretty easy to do.
i have refinished quite a few over the years, that when i sold them, i more than doubled the money i had in them more times than not.

there are a few times when i would say that refinishing a firearm could decrease it's value, and that would be those with significant historical value.
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