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Old 03-02-2013, 9:58 AM
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So,I have an 1897 Winchester 12g that was my grandfather's hunting shotgun. It sat for many years in a soft case in my dads closet. The manufacture date is 1907 as far as I can tell. It has some pitting/light rust and I'm wondering if it is worth having "restored"? Who would I take it to in the San Diego area who could even tell me if its salvageable? Thanks,John
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:01 AM
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I have the same gun made one year later. Sounds like they're in about the same condition too.

When I asked a similar question here, value estimates were in the $400-500 range, and the opinions on whether to restore it or not were split right down the middle. One comment seemed consistent though: if you do shoot it, only run light loads (birdshot and the like).

So far I've left it unrestored. Every once in a while though, I start to think about bringing it back to life. Just haven't made it a priority, yet.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:07 AM
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I know these are pretty popular in the cowboy action shooter scene. I was thinking that it might be a good excuse to use to buy a single action pistol and lever action and get into a different, " non liberal threatening" form of the shooting sports!lmao
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:11 AM
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I know these are pretty popular in the cowboy action shooter scene. I was thinking that it might be a good excuse to use to buy a single action pistol and lever action and get into a different, " non liberal threatening" form of the shooting sports!lmao
Hah true that! There's a SASS event that takes place at a local shooting sports park here every few months. Every time I see 'em over there, I regret not taking part.
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