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Re: Very modified 1873, what to do?
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 25 December 2014, at 2:50 p.m., in response to Very modified 1873, what to do?, posted by Jeff monck on Thursday, 25 December 2014, at 1:56 p.m.
You have just what you say you have, and it has virtually NO collector value. But, I would advise against messing with it. It is a family gun with an interesting oral tradition - I would keep it for that. It is not worth putting one cent into, but, as soon as you touch it, you've destroyed some of the history. Many people have no idea where their rifle came from - you are way ahead of the pack on that.
If you want a more correct, more visually appealing, piece, just go buy one - decent, sound, specimens can be had for WELL under $1000. Look at the classifieds here, or go to www.gunbroker.com. Fixing up (actually fracking up) yours will cost money as well - for absolutely NO gain, you do not have enough left to restore.
Just my $.02, based on 45 years of collecting these guns.
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