I picked this up for cheap. Ok free. Yes, free. Best I can figure it was made in 1951. 30-30 Cal. The first two or three inches of the barrel south of the muzzle are well rusted, but the remainder is clean with sharp rifling. There is very minor surface rust on the barrel and receiver and mag tube, but no pitting. Blueing is all gone. Stock is not terrible, no cracks or gouges. The brown color on the bolt is not rust, it's "gunk", for lack of a better word. It wipes off with solvent. The action is smoother than you can imagine, the lever is tight (nothing like a Model 94) and the trigger is so light and crisp I can't believe it. Sooo. This thing is going to undergo a big change but I'm not sure how yet and I need some input. My thoughts were as follows: Whack the barrel back to 18", have it bead blasted and re-blued, install the below sights, thin out the stock and for-end and feed it heavy for caliber cast bullets as a close range black bear rifle. I am open to suggestions on everything since the barrel will have to be re-drilled and tapped for a front sight, and I have no interest in keeping anything original. I hate to do it because of it's age, but in it's current form it's useless (due to the damage at the muzzle end of the bore). If I can make something useful out of it and not have it be Pelosi ugly, I will be happy.