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    Do you think I ruined it?

    I had this 1926 Winchester 32 Win Spcl re-blued back in the late 60's by a professional 'smith who rust blued it. Back then, we didn't think of re-sale value, but wanted a good looking Winchester. It had been a farm truck rifle in Maine until I bought it.
    I had a few younger folks think the value was greatly diminished by doing a re-blue.
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    Possibly reduced value, but if it pleases you then who cares. It isn't all about resale value, you have obviously enjoyed it for all these ensuing years. Nice Winchester in a classic chambering, I like!
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    Are you making guns please you or the person that might buy it after you die? I like it myself and might have done the same thing. I recently started shooting my old "collector" firearms for the same reason. I ain't going to enjoy them after I am gone.

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    It’s perfect. Enjoy.

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    That looks great. Again who cares, enjoy your rifle!

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    IIRC, when your SRC was made there was no factory peepsight prep (2 D/T'd holes in the LH receiver sidewall), just a tang sight prep - so, IMHO, the refinish made sense.

    I'd rather have a good-looking gun to admire during those times when game movement is slow, than a beater.


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    Looks great. If you like it, then you did the right thing. I think you could get a nice price for it if you wanted to sell it.

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    My son and grandson are the next owners....it says so under the butt plate.
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    The rule of thumb used to be 'knock off 50% if it's been refinished.'
    But then... Surf GunBroker for a while and look at the ridiculous prices people are asking (and getting!) for banged-up junk.
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    +1 to all the above.

    if you're buying something to sell, leave it alone.
    if you're buying something to use, MAKE IT USEFUL.
    (whatever that may be to the buyer/user)

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    Value doesn't matter if you're using it and enjoying it. If it was in a state where it needed to be rebulued it's value was already diminished anyways.

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    "OH NO YOU RUINED IT" says the little evil voice in your head. And anyone else that says that is an evil little voice too.

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    Nice useful gun,
    As for collector gun, it was way past that
    when you upgraded it
    Enjoy the gun and shoot it lots
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    Way to take care of your gear. I like it.

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    I ruined my 1954 one too. Sling studs, d&t, reversible 1/2 mag and rebored to 38-55. It's practically worthless now-except to me.

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    I have always wondered about Turnbull Restorations. They take original rifles and make them look better than new, for a bunch of money (in my opinion). I can’t imagine that the rifles are worth anywhere near what the owners spent for the restoration after it’s done.

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    Looks Beautiful from here !
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    To a hard core Collector it would hurt the value but some times you can still got more for the just because its in better shape or in like new condition. But it is yours and you do what makes you happy. I have a friend how like carbine size rifles and if he gets a rifle with a really long barrel he is not afraid to have it cut down shorter but me personally I don’t want the gun modified at all i like them to be all regional if possible but I do have some military rifles that’s been refinished but i would love for all of the guns to be prefect but that’s not always the case.

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    If you're not going to sell it anyway, resale value is meaningless.

    Fix it up the way you like and enjoy it.
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    There are a whole bunch of posts in this thread that I would "like" if I could. It is yours and it looks great and I would like to own it and so would a bunch of the rest of us. Enjoy it while you can and leave a bunch of great memories to your son and grandson. Every time they touch it it will remind them of you!

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