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Old 06-02-2019, 12:55 PM
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I won a 1892 Winchester, manufactured in 1907 (.38-40). I am quite adept at both Slow Rust bluing, as well as stock repair/re-finishing, and I'm considering bringing this Rifle back to look like it did, at the factory.

Should I leave it alone?, or go ahead and do it, although I will probably greatly diminish the Collector value? I paid $1300, along with 400 rounds of Factory Ammo... the factory ammo averages $40 a box, so the rifle ran just under a grand.


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Old 06-02-2019, 01:11 PM
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My vote would be to not refinish. Maybe a light cleaning of any gunk off wood (no sanding or stripping) and metal.
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Old 06-02-2019, 01:13 PM
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Thats looks in great shape for a 92. I'd leave it alone accept for a gentle cleaning.
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Old 06-02-2019, 01:32 PM
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Another vote for "Leave it alone".
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Old 06-02-2019, 04:36 PM
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I am also leaning now toward keeping it Stock.
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Old 06-02-2019, 04:59 PM
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I would leave it alone, too. But am no longer a hard-liner on refinishes, especially proper full restorations.

I don't recommend refinishes to "modern" design (M-70s, 12s, 42s, 21s, etc) original pre-64s still having more than 80% condition. Am a little more tolerant with leverguns, say 70% as cutoff. I studied your pics best I could. Think it's at or just above that cusp, definitely not 80%. Unfortunately, there are significant dings and oxidized "hot spots" that will dictate alot of metal prep if anything like a decent result is desired.

Used to be refinish, or even proper restoration, was the kiss of death. Attrition of collectible guns has affected prices of proper restorations. Easiest to see this in auction results of Win 21s, but also M-42s, and now even M-12s and 70s.

It helps the math if you paid less for your low condition Winchester out of the gate. But, ultimately, it's a personal decision. So am suggesting you, at least, weigh the costs of the work against probable resale value before deciding. You can online-view past results from reputable auction houses.
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Please, please, please leave it be! It took 112 years to get that way.
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Old 06-02-2019, 08:40 PM
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O.K., I'm convinced to keep it as is...

I will simply use the Bottled water cleaning, followed by Mineral Spirits on the Wood, as per suggested by the late member "noremf", regarding cleaning the stock.

See the sticky below:

https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum...d.php?t=493365
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I am also leaning now toward keeping it Stock.

Yes - it will be original only once..... I like survivor's...

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its not like you are a noob and dont know anything.

You understand the +/- of what you want to do and if you do, you understand the +/- of doing so.

to me, do what you want.
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Old 06-03-2019, 05:28 AM
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if you do refinish it 40-50 precent of the value go down the drain, I would be more concerned about the condition of the bore.
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I have not yet received it; but the Bore is supposed to be very good, with no pitting. I'd really like to refurbish it, but i will refrain from it, and enjoy shooting it. Hopefully pass it down to my daughters.
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Got the 1892, it is as advertised with a very good bore. Mechanically perfect, and shooting it at 50 yards, was getting 5 shot 1.5 inch groups.... I think if my eyes were younger, it might go into an inch. I am very happy with this Rifle, and i like the smooth action of the 1892 compared to the longer, more awkward 1894. I always felt the 1894 had a slightly "clunky" feel to it's action, since the internals drop down slightly.

One question... I took the rifle somewhat apart, and there was a Dowel rod in the magazine, about 7 inches long or so. I'm guessing maybe some States require that for general use, or maybe it was used for Hunting?.... I removed it.
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One question... I took the rifle somewhat apart, and there was a Dowel rod in the magazine, about 7 inches long or so. I'm guessing maybe some States require that for general use, or maybe it was used for Hunting?.... I removed it.

That very well could be. Another thought is if it was used for Cowboy Action shooting maybe they put a limit on rounds. Post up some more pics. Thats a nice rifle.
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O.K., I'm convinced to keep it as is...

I will simply use the Bottled water cleaning, followed by Mineral Spirits on the Wood, as per suggested by the late member "noremf", regarding cleaning the stock.

See the sticky below:

https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum...d.php?t=493365
Great plan.

Please post pictures when you're done.
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