Hi all, I'm new to the forum and have question about my new to me 1895. After lusting after this rifle since I was little, my grandfather handed this down to me. Its a carbine chambered in .303 and hadn't been fired in almost 40 years. I took it to a local smith to have it checked out to see if it was safe to shoot. Unfortunatly, the barrel is done for. Rust has pitted the bore so badly that the smith is afraid it may blow if I fired it. The gunsmith said he could make a new barrel for it for about $700. He also said he could re-bore the original barrel into a larger caliber for much less. My quandry is this: Is the rifle worth the money to put a new barrel on it? I will never part with it, but I really would like to have a functional weapon and not just a wall hanger. I don't want to change the bore of the rifle. I like the .303 but am I foolish to not consider doing this? Thanks everyone for your time. This board seems to have a lot of knowledgable people on it.