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Don't overlook the dirty girls. Sometimes they clean up nicely.







After a bath:









And another dirty girl that cleaned up enough to keep





Girl you need a bath! But you still look good for being 82 years old 馃槏





Now I'm on the hunt for the next diamond in the rough lever action hiding under years of grime and bad decisions.
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Don't overlook the dirty girls. Sometimes they clean up nicely.

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After a bath:



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And another dirty girl that cleaned up enough to keep

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GIrl you need a bath! But you still look good for being 82 years old 馃槏

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Now I'm on the hunt for the next diamond in the rough lever action hiding under years of grime and bad decisions.
Wow where are you finding all these Winchesters?
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Wow where are you finding all these Winchesters?
Lever actions have been raining from the sky here.
I missed out on a nice 85% finish 1894 sporting rifle made in 1901 a month ago...my favorite configuration.
$1100 and by the time I had it together someone else had bought it.

The sad fact that I'm hearing is, senior citizens on fixed incomes are being hit hard by inflation so they are having to sell off collectibles...or they are just passing on.
I've gotten several nice vintage rifles lately, and all of them have been from estate sales or from senior citizens thinning their collections through LGS consignments.
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That red colored black streaked stock in the first bath picture is art! I wonder what wood that is and if its stained? Reminds me of the red cedar bedroom set my great uncle made during his hobby years after his hike thru north africa
It is a shame that the old timers are carrying on and the next generation is disregarding what they held dear to them, id just assume bury my collection in the back pasture.
My families guns get put on the wall with memorabilia from the times they had with those guns after theyve carried on.
Pickins have been good lately at the pawn shops tho, got a 54' Belgian Browning A5 that ive always wanted.
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Lever actions have been raining from the sky here.
I missed out on a nice 85% finish 1894 sporting rifle made in 1901 a month ago...my favorite configuration.
$1100 and by the time I had it together someone else had bought it.

The sad fact that I'm hearing is, senior citizens on fixed incomes are being hit hard by inflation so they are having to sell off collectibles...or they are just passing on.
I've gotten several nice vintage rifles lately, and all of them have been from estate sales or from senior citizens thinning their collections through LGS consignments.
If I had to guess as to where you're finding all these old Winchesters, I'd say from the north eastern part of the country. My wife's uncle was a rabid Winchester lever action collector, and every year he'd take a 3 week vacation and go to Maine and other eastern seaboard states to buy them and big whitetail antlers.
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Those are the kind of guns that get my attention on the used gun racks. Small out of the way gun shops, small rural gun shows, estate auctions, etc. are all prime hunting grounds. If those old guns could only tell their stories.......
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That red colored black streaked stock in the first bath picture is art! I wonder what wood that is and if its stained? Reminds me of the red cedar bedroom set my great uncle made during his hobby years after his hike thru north africa
It is a shame that the old timers are carrying on and the next generation is disregarding what they held dear to them, id just assume bury my collection in the back pasture.
My families guns get put on the wall with memorabilia from the times they had with those guns after theyve carried on.
Pickins have been good lately at the pawn shops tho, got a 54' Belgian Browning A5 that ive always wanted.
It's walnut.
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Yes you can make lever action guns look great if done right.

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Need to have you put aside a '73 in 44-40 for me, and maybe a '92 in 45 Colt. Would need a tang safety removal kit for the latter though.
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