Champion of lost causes

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  1. PapaG

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    A friend showed me a commemorative Savage, model 1895, which had been in a safe, in a flooded basement. Owner must be an idiot as there are deep file gouges on the tapered octagon barrel, the muzzle looks like someone tried to clean it up with a twist drill, and the stock is water faded. Gold plated lever, full buckhorn rear, silver blade, medallion in stock, rust in lots of places.
    Action is good, bore isn't bad, has the rotary mag. I gave $200 for it with the idea I can either make a shooter out of it, rebarrel it or part it out.
    Already recrowned the barrel and found bases and rings so I can see if it has any accuracy in it. I can't see the shiny blade in the ugly buckhorn. I have a nice Boyds walnut stock that may work Doubt I can get the gouges out of the barrel but will carefully drawfile and see. BTW, a .308. Who is the saint of lost causes? Maybe I could replace the medallion with one of him. St. Futility?
    Gonna be fun no matter what. Before, during and after pics if I can get my 20 year old tech genius grandson to help.
     
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  2. Weflyfast

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    Have fun- ......and make a shooter out of it!
     
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  3. redneck2

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    If it’s valuable enough in restored condition, get a quote from Turnbull Restoration. AFAIK, they are the patron saint of badly damaged firearms.
     
  4. adcoch1

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    Sounds like my kind of project... I have several lost causes in various states of restoration around here... Make it a shooter and go have fun.
     
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    Do you have any pictures?

    Sounds like a fun project.
     
  6. johnmcl

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    Saint Jude.
     
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    Jude yes, but Saint James is the saint of miracles. Have faith! :)
     
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    When you get stuck, pray to St. George. He’s the patron saint of armorers. :thumbup:

    Keep us updated on your progress, we love seeing guns brought back from the scrap heap. :)

    Good luck with your project and stay safe.
     
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    St Anthony of Padua would work too. Patron saint of lost things.

    Though this sounds like a found thing. If it shoots well then you’re sexy.
     
  10. GravelRider

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    Send a prayer to Saint Barbara.

    "Saint Barbara became the patron saint of artillerymen. She is also traditionally the patron of armourers, military engineers, gunsmiths, miners and anyone else who worked with cannon and explosives. She is invoked against thunder and lightning and all accidents arising from explosions of gunpowder. She is venerated by Catholics who face the danger of sudden and violent death in work."

    http://www.potomacisee.org/bang_newsletter/the-legend-of-saint-barbara-patron-saint-of-miners/
     
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  11. Mosin77

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    I recall watching re-enactors fire a cannon in St. Augustine at the fort there, according to the old Spanish drill. The commander invokes St. Barbara right before the guy with the slowmatch applies it to the touch hole. Definitely a powerful reminder that in the old days, these things were known to blow up sometimes.
     
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    Any progress?
     
  14. PapaG

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    I have the mounts, rings and scope ready to test the accuracy potential. If the barrel is good, then the project will launch full bore. (no pun intended). There will have to be either a removal of several inches of barrel or a lathe job to go from full octagon to half.
     
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