I recently inherited a turn of the century Remington Rolling Block .22 'Boys Rifle' and an old Winchester Model 1892 - .32 WCF ... These are in pretty good shape ... am I right in thinking that simply cleaning and oiling these would be better to maintain their value rather than a full takedown and rebluing ... I have no desire to shoot either other than rarely ... thank you very much for any advice you can offer. :)
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November 28, 2007, 11:49 PM
Don't mess with those old rifles or you'll destroy their collector's value. Just clean them, lightly oil them an put them in a safe place.
November 29, 2007, 12:46 AM
A full takedown isn't a bad idea but only for inspecting it for rust, dust, and other enemies. A thorough cleaning and light lube to finish it off would be the order of the day. I would not reblue as it would destroy most collector value.
November 29, 2007, 09:33 AM
Probably the greatest pro/con debate on refinishing that I've read on the net, see link below. As for the need? As a firearms restorer myself, I argue both ways. If the rust is bad,it'll get worse, and needs immediate attention. If they're patina'd, I'd do a takedown, thorough cleaning, and treat with Brownells Rust Preventative.
Most refinishes destroy value because they essentially destroy the firearm.
Professional restorations can certainly command a premium, but you'll lose the interest of purist collectors.