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Professional Rifle Rehab for Milsurp?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by El Tejon, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    I have purchased a few Indian .308 Enfields recently. I have degreased one myself so I can shoot it, but have others still in the cos.

    Anyone have a recommendation for a professional restoration job? I have a couple of rifles from Robar but do not know if they do this kind of thing.
  2. jagdpanzer347

    jagdpanzer347 Well-Known Member

    You might check Dean's Gun Restorations. They have a real good rep for restoring Garands. I would say you could probably easily spend two or three times the cost of the rifle on the restoration though. I have seen a few 2A1s in very, very good condition for 250.00-300.00. These wouldn't require any work unless you wanted one that was absolutley perfect.

  3. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    I'll look them up, thanks.

    I bought the greasy ones for $120 a pop. Yes, I will keep them greasy as I will likely plant some in the Spring but wanted to have at least one in pristine condition.:)
  4. Third_Rail

    Third_Rail Well-Known Member

    Does this mean what I think it means?
  5. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    Third, yes. Milsurps are good to bury right now. The Finnish M-Ns were good as they came in at $80 or so in '96, two rifles and a Hungarian sealed can of big Russian. You know this soil around here will grow anything.:D

    However, I want to have one or two left to shoot. The one I cleaned up is smooth as silk and off my range bag stays inside 2" at 100 with commerical ammo. I just need an optic to do better.
  6. Third_Rail

    Third_Rail Well-Known Member

    I can't actually tell if you're joking! :uhoh:
  7. kfranz

    kfranz Well-Known Member

    What's wrong with burying cheap rifles? Never know when your place might burn and ruin all the stuff stored inside. Buried stuff doesn't burn so easily....
  8. rhubarb

    rhubarb Well-Known Member

    I think that planting rifles works pretty good. I had a friend that planted an AK some 12 years ago. Now I see a lot more of them around. I reckon a rifle tree grew and bore fruit.
  9. pbhome71

    pbhome71 Well-Known Member

    They grow better too, if you also spread metal pellets around the same area... :p

  10. Hoppy590

    Hoppy590 Well-Known Member

    you guys are evil :evil: hahaha....

    wish i had a green (m1) thumb
  11. RevolvingCylinder

    RevolvingCylinder Well-Known Member

    $120 for .308 Enfields? I really haven't seen any around.

    I'll be going to a gun show soon. I may or may not be interested in one.

    I may or may not take a shovel to your backyards either.:D
  12. meef

    meef Well-Known Member

    I can relate.

    The soil in my area is really fertile, so I planted a few - by the end of the growing season they were shooting up all over the place.
  13. TimboKhan

    TimboKhan Moderator

    Somewhere, a kitten just died thanks to this pun.

    I, on the other hand, thought it was pretty damn funny...
  14. dfaugh

    dfaugh Well-Known Member

    For the ultimate in gun restorations, check out Doug Turnbull Restorations, he's done work for my best shooting buddy for the past several years. Mostly guns from 1850's to 1940's. (he's also convenient as he's right down the road from us.) In my mind (and I've toured his operation) the best gun restorer in the business.

    HOWEVER, he's costly, with a long waiting list. And it would probably cost you hundreds of dollars (no matter WHO does the work), for a gun that'll never be worth all that much (they're just too common).

    I'm restoring a 1918 SMLE Mark 1, III*, that I bought at an estate auction. Bubba had taken a saw to the stock, but I got all the "new" parts I needed off eBay(and all the metal is good w/ matching numbers). But its an incredible amount of work (I'm just doing it for the satisfaction), for a gun that'll probebly never be worth more than a few hundred dollars.

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