Originally Posted by JR_22
maybe the previous owner did or didn't do the work on the gun bert but you don't know that you can doubt what ever you want, I though the indian cheif out there just to make a point condition and history is everything a collector is looking for it comes down to who owned the gun.
That is where you are dead wrong... I do know for a fact that the alteration work done to that old Winchester was most definitely not
factory work. That only leaves a former owner to blame. As for you last statement, that too is not true. True Winchester collectors are not concerned with who "might" have owned a specific gun. What is required, is irrefutable proof of who owned the gun, otherwise, it is just a "story". The graded condition and the factory originality are what drive the collector interest and the corresponding value.
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