I wanted to post some pix here of a rifle that my father gave me a few weeks ago. He has had this as long as I can remember being alive and this is what he first taught me to shoot at the ripe old age of 8. Needless to say, it has a lot of sentimental value to me in the form of memories with my dad. As you can see from the pictures, it is in need of a lot of TLC and a seriously good cleaning. Improper storage, and lack of cleaning over the years has taken it's toll on this firearm.
I wanted to post the question to the group and find out your opinion of what my next move should be with this piece. Several things to take into consideration:
- I have no intention of selling this weapon and would one day like to pass it to either my son or daughter if they are genuinely interested in it.
- Ammunition is becoming scarce but there is always reloading to provide hunting rounds or target ammo. Any guidance on that would also be appreciated.
- Before I just start disassembling, are there any pitfalls that I may run into that would stop my restoration efforts, and...
- Should I restore this weapon at all? What is the value and will it destroy that value by doing a full stock off restoration complete with refinishing?