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Re: The last thread is tapped out :-)
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, at 1:49 p.m., in response to Re: The last thread is tapped out :-), posted by Jeff on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, at 12:25 p.m.
Sadly, yes. In the "good old days" (1960s-70s) the fakers simply chopped the barrels, which were then quite evidently wrong. Now, values have risen to the point where more work, and/or time spent, is "economically justifiable".
One just has to do their homework/due diligence to the best extent that they can. And, one also needs to know what "old" looks like, and watch out for any crude work, or non-matching finishes. Doubtless, that will cause some arms with legitimately replaced parts (and you need to know what is a "reasonable" replacement, and what is not) to be passed over - but, better safe than sorry.
Wood has been replicated. Fake stamps have been made. Thankfully, almost everything new looks a LITTLE different than an original, but you need to know what an original looks like!
Sorry to ramble, but it is not a simple science, and it can take years of handling a lot of rifles, to become truly proficient - and NO ONE is perfect. We greybeards just don't get fooled as often. :-)
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