old rifle restoration. need help.

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Zamzow, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Zamzow

    Zamzow New Member

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    Have an old world war II rifle that I have inherited but needs restoration. I want to restore it but I don't want to take away from its authenticity and deplete the age value of it. It still fires but needs stock work and some tlc. Any advice.

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  2. canebrake

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    Anything you do in the form of restoration WILL REDUCE the gun's value.

    Anything you do to inhibit the gun's aging WILL ENHANCE the gun's value.

    Is this gun an investment?

    Or is it an heirloom you never intent to part with?
     

  3. 30-30remchester

    30-30remchester New Member

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    There is a big difference between restoring and refinishing. What type of restoration are you planning? Some pics would be appreciated. Some in here may be able to guide you on your restoration.
     
  4. Zamzow

    Zamzow New Member

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    Plan on keeping it. Been in the fam for a long time now. Don't have pics yet but will post some soon

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  5. Zamzow

    Zamzow New Member

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    If it helps without pics right now its a old British 303.

    Zamzow
     
  6. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    My advice?
    Dont do anything more than you have too.. Keep it as original as possible..
     
  7. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Sell it ASAP; it has no rails.
    ;)
     
  8. Zamzow

    Zamzow New Member

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    Is this gun worth anything anyway or is it just a family piece.

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  9. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    All we know is it is an old Enfield, or Ross. Not a whole lot to go on.
     
  10. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    Listen to Mick! Paint it black! Naaaa!;)
     
  11. Model70

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    Bwahahaha !!!!!!!
     
  12. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    Depending on the model of Enfield...and condition...anywhere from $100-2000.
    Pics will determine both ;)
     
  13. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    Authenticate........

    If you have papers on the person who carried this rifle during the war it's worth more to you than it is to a collector, but then again
    money talks........You can all ways give it to some one that will put it to use....... My address is .........:D
     
  14. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Give it to me.... Why would you want a ugly ol' gun.... ;):p
     
  15. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Pictures................
     
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    personally i wouldn't do anything other than clean it and oil it. any type of refinishing or restoration could decrease it value in the long run.
     
  17. Zamzow

    Zamzow New Member

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    Lol. U want it. Ok don't know why I need a ugly gun either. Lol.

    Zamzow
     
  18. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Don't be a tease now.
     
  19. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    Bear in mind this is what I do, not what

    to do. I'm a shooter, and I don't

    "collect" guns solely for their appreciation in

    dollar value.

    I've got an old Garand. Nothing to write home about,

    but I love to shoot it. I also installed a new synthetic stock.

    Fresh, clean, crisp, with a better grip, and checkering. I saved the

    greasy, manky, moldy old stock, because with the new stock installed

    it's dollar value is just above dog poop. So if I want to sell it,

    I'll put the scungy, greasy, manky, moldy old stock back on, so

    it will be clear, to all perspective buyers, that it is "historically correct

    and all original".

    I have a Mosin M44 on which I'm staining the wood stock black.

    This is another rifle I love to shoot, and intend to keep. But I'm

    fully aware that even though the effect of the darker stock

    is pleasing to my eyes, I'm SATAN for changing history, and

    the innocent retrofit has ruined this rifle's re-sale value.


    Moral of the story: IF you intend to keep it, my advice

    to you is change it however you please. IF, however, you

    intend to sell it some day, keep it all original, because

    N O B O D Y , but , N O B O D Y wants somebody

    else's bubba-ed Milsurp rifle...