Re: value of a winchester 1886
What Jim says is true.
I have a Model 28 S&W. About 5 years ago I bought it for around 250 bucks. They are currently selling in the 450-500 price range. Great investment. Doubled my money. Except - immediately upon receiving my gun I shipped it to a gunsmith in Texas, where, for 400 dollars, he converted it to 38/40.
Now, my gun is not worth the 650 dollars I have in it. It is not worth the 450 Model 28s are selling for. It is not even worth the 250 I paid for it. Unless I can find some other damn fool that wanted a 4" N frame in 38/40, it is worth nothing.
Custom work may be pretty. And custom work may make you happy.
But custom work totally devalues the gun.
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