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Old 06-14-2012, 11:32 PM   #1
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I inherited my grandpa's winchester .22 and i would like to have it re-blued. Is there a company or anyone who can do a good job?

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I inherited my grandpa's winchester .22 and i would like to have it re-blued. Is there a company or anyone who can do a good job?
check out the LGS's in your area. either they can suggest someone they use for their used guns that need reblueing or know of a gunsmith that could do it for you.
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If it's not in really bad condition I would leave it alone. If it's a model 74 it would cost more to blue it than it's worth. If it were my grandpaws, I would leave it alone.

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I agree, leave it alone

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If it's not in really bad condition I would leave it alone. If it's a model 74 it would cost more to blue it than it's worth. If it were my grandpaws, I would leave it alone.
for the most part i have to agree. if it's just in well worn condition and in pretty good shape, just looking like it's been used, then it might be a better idea to leave it as is. now if it sat in a damp and musty corner of the closet for the last thirty years and wears a fine coat of rust, but still functions fine, then reblueing might be suggested.

if possible post some pictures of the rifle so we can help you determine whether reblueing should be done. i have seen many old rifles sitting in gunshops for sale, that if i bought would never even consider reblueing. on some guns, reblueing can even hurt their value.
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for the most part i have to agree. if it's just in well worn condition and in pretty good shape, just looking like it's been used, then it might be a better idea to leave it as is. now if it sat in a damp and musty corner of the closet for the last thirty years and wears a fine coat of rust, but still functions fine, then reblueing might be suggested.

if possible post some pictures of the rifle so we can help you determine whether reblueing should be done. i have seen many old rifles sitting in gunshops for sale, that if i bought would never even consider reblueing. on some guns, reblueing can even hurt their value.
Completely agree with this.
But if you're hell bent on having it blued, do it yourself. Get a cold blueing kit for about $25 and kill a day on it.
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It looks like someone tried sanding down the old finish. It definitely needs work. I'll post pics when i can

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It looks like someone tried sanding down the old finish. It definitely needs work. I'll post pics when i can
Just so you know.. A professional bluing job is going to run you about $150 - $200 "if" the rifle is in decent shape and only requires minor cleaning and prep work by the smith. If it's got heavy rust or pitting, it will cost more..
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