Should I Keep as Collectable or Tune for Shooter?
I have a CMP Danish Springfield M1 Garand. Both the receiver and barrel have an August 1942 manufacture date. The furniture has no markings, metal has almost no park, and the trigger group appears to be post-WWII.
The rifling is very worn, using a bullet as a guide, it goes all the way in the muzzle; clear down to the brass. But the rifle shoots like a nail-driver! I consistently get 2" groups at 200yds.
My question is this: I love shooting this old rifle and have thought I might want to get it re-parked, new furniture, new barrel, and really try to tune it into a high-power competitor. But if the barrel is original (and the date leads me to believe it is) then would I be ruining it as a collectable?
Thanks for any help.