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Thread: Gentlemen: I too have inherited an old Drilling shotgun

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    Mike: Yes it is easily visible there. I think my next step is to get an estimate on the value. I would like to hunt with it but it will need some minor repair to the forearm- (small crack) and I need to decide if it is worth the investment, and would that impact the value positively or negatively. The quote I got was $600-700 from a reputable gun smith was for cleaning and repair. In your opinion does that seem reasonable?

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    TGM,
    Those are two questions that will generate a lot of discussion. First of all, it is your gun, and you can do what you want with it. If it were my gun, I would keep it pretty much like it is, hunt with it, or at least shoot it, and cherish it as a family heirloom. I didn't see the crack, you mentioned, in the forearm so don't know if it needs to be addressed. I don't know the gunsmith that gave you the $600-700 quote, for cleaning and repair, but that seems to be for refinishing or renovation. Here is where the "discussion" comes in, how much work should be done. Some would want it restored to a "like new" condition, and others would support only those repairs to keep it in a safe and workable condition; and those should be done in an unnoticeable way, rather than a refinish. These people would not have the scratches, dings, and other "boo-boos" removed, they are all part of the history of the gun. None of the people on either side of the discussion, own the gun, you do. I have seen several family heirlooms, that the owner had someone "rework", and were so proud they were " like new". They were not, at all, like new, they had "glossy", almost greasy looking, finishes that were never on them when new. Furthermore, writing was washed out, screw holes dished out, corners and edges rounded, and the stocks sanded until they no longer fit. A couple even had double barrels blued in caustic salts. In the end, their great grand daddy wouldn't have recognized the gun they kept their family fed with. I guess you can tell which side I'm on, but it's not my gun either.
    As far as the value, I don't usually estimate the value of someone else's gun, I don't have "in hand". When asked what my own guns are worth, I answer " A used gun is worth what ever someone will give you for it". " Since it (which ever gun is under discussion) is not for sale, it is not worth anything".
    I may have not answered your questions.
    Mike

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