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Old 09-20-2018, 09:40 PM
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I currently have a Winchester 52D heavy barrel made in the mid 60s. When I acquired it back in the late 80s it had been neglected a bit. Only about 60% of the bluing remained and there are minor pits in the barrel from rust. I cleaned it up and used some cold blkuing on it. It doesn't look too bad but it isn't great. Does anyone know of a restorer that can clean up the pits and reblue the barrel to restore its collector value?

If that is not possible I was thinking of replacing the barrel to extract even more accuracy out of it and possibly use it in local BR competitions.

I will post some pics in the next few days if needed.
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:39 PM
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Or you could just start a new thread in the 52 section....might be the easiest way.



As to collector value, I don't thing the gun will have a lot of value to a true collector once you have it reblued. In it's current condition the value in the gun may be as a shooter. Have you shot it enough to know how it shoots as it currently is?
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:57 PM
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It shoots exceptionally well, though there is always room for improvement. I am not highly concerned about collector value as this one is a lifetime keeper. I would like it restored to as close to original looks as possible just for the pride of having something as gorgeous as it shoots. That is why I am also interested in an aftermarket barrel. I could get better looks and performance out of it and still have the original barrel warts and all for collectors values
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Old 09-22-2018, 12:58 AM
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You can get a nice target barrel installed and it will last you a few decades. Just do it. However, nice target barrels require nice target ammo. You will spend more on ammo in the next year than the install and barrel will cost.
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:11 AM
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A new barrel may not shoot any better.
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Old 09-22-2018, 11:49 AM
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A new barrel may not shoot any better.
Exactly. If I was happy with the accuracy, I wouldn't do a thing to it except maintain it against further rust. It will never be a collectable so why go to the expense of doing anything to it? Use the money to buy cartridges it likes.
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