I’ve recently got the itch to buy a Winchester or replica 1873 in .357 magnum. Been looking on gun broker and found some beautiful rifles in blue, color case, and in the white. I like the looks of the bare steel, but wonder why it is offered. I could understand if it was sold as a kit or something where the finish could be applied later as part of a project. However, these are beautiful guns with perfectly finished wood, and usually cost another $100 or $200 over a color case or blued gun. It seems that leaving them in the white would be asking for rust. The only thing I can come up with is allowing the bare steel to develop a patina over time which, I have to admit, has some appeal to me. Do any of you have experience in this that could maybe offer some perspective on why one would pay more for a seemingly unfinished rifle?