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Old 08-07-2019, 03:28 PM
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You know when you buy what would normally be a very nice rifle and they have a few of those $150.00 holes, how have you plugged them up and tried to bring the rifle back to original looking presentation??

I intend to go to a gunsmith and have that done. I saw the YouTube video with Larry Potterfield showing how it's done but would like to know if any of you have had it done and what the cost would be. BT
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Old 08-07-2019, 03:37 PM
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Here is the video I watched and this is the work I want to be done. Have any of you had this done, and what is the approximate cost?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kM2t7V_WUI
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Old 08-07-2019, 03:44 PM
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Just filling the holes with a proper filler-screw often makes such acceptable, and affordable.
If you dont like the look of a slot exposed you can use a longer screw than necessary, cut a stub off and carefully file the contour, Loctite it in and carefully peen the top to blend with the surrounding metal, then cold blue. It is futzy but affordable.
Any real quality work beyond that is gonna cost, per hole, more than many want to pay for other than a 'collectable' rifle being restored (really restored, not refurb'ed).
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Old 08-07-2019, 04:29 PM
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I actually have a couple that are collectible. Older Winchester .22's. They were made as iron-sight rifles or field rifles with deluxe wood and some other fine workmanship. They were not made for scopes and had no scope blocks. So, they both got that "side mount" treatment drilled through the receiver with that cheap steel side mount and a scope of questionable quality was added.
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Anything that is collectable has to be 'done right' or it diminishes rather than enhances the value. Ive had some that had to done right and it cost me big; knew that going in and did not compromise.
Or just not do it, it is what it is and I am not the one who does it wrong.
Btw, check the credentials and actual customer 'reviews/feedback' before venturing into a contract; and know that sometimes things go badly. It may be worth inquiring about the 'liability insurance' for that.
That would be the difference of the value of the gun before and after the work, not just perhaps what you paid for it. Same as with a collectable car.

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Old 08-07-2019, 06:37 PM
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I am considering talking to a local gunsmith that is lately established here. For a city of 500,000, we are really low on qualified gunsmiths. I will approach him with one of the rifles. I have stripped the old bluing and will do the final polishing and have it re-blued myself.
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