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Re: custer battle trapdoor
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 3 November 2008, at 11:04 p.m., in response to Re: custer battle trapdoor, posted by monty on Monday, 3 November 2008, at 9:18 p.m.
For myself, I'd leave it alone. No matter WHAT you do to it, you still have ONLY the receiver as being a historical piece. By the same token, nothing is taken away, by leaving it as is.
The ORIGINAL assembly is GONE - you cannot bring it back.
If you spent a lot of money, and "restored" it PERFECTLY, some people would question whether or not you had done it in an attempt to turn a $500 rifle into a $500,000 (no, I'm NOT kidding) "carbine".
Of course, the fact that the issue has, for better or worse, come to my attention means that the receiver pedigree has been permanently inscribed to indicate that the arm could NOT - at some date in the future - ever be an original carbine. Such is the ongoing value of a registry.
Of course - for $250,000, I could possibly be induced to suffer a bit of memory loss - NOT!!!!!!!!
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