This what the gun should look like
I found some great information on this model and the peep sight originally installed on it on the 24hr Campsite forum.
I was even able to find the correct magazine for it and shoot it. I found it to be quite precise. I like the old school styling and quality manufacturing that is hard to find today....This gun is definitely a keeper.
So I made the decision to restore the gun.
You can see the butt stock needs some work, I am guessing that the damage was caused by moisture (perhaps from improper storage?)
The front is brass, probably also a Marbles, you can see the outline of the old ramp front sight
- Refinish the wood, removing dents, gouges and scratches and putting a satin oil finish on it
- Re-cut the checkering (if possible)
- Replace the steel butt plate with a thin rubber recoil pad.
- Re-blue the metal
- Nitre blue the screws
- Add period correct sling swivels
and because this is a vintage rifle, I plan on putting a white line spacer between the butt pad and stock. I bought some of this 1/16" thick white ABS plastic
I could have bought one, Pachmayr still sells them:
as does Boyd's...but the price for the sheet above was cheaper than one pre-made one and I can get 4-5 spacers out of this 6"x12" piece.
The rifle already has holes for sling swivels so I figured I would put some back on it.
I found this set of vintage Winchester model 70 style, 1" sling swivels at a gun show for $2 (I believe these were made by Uncle Mikes....)
I will also add the white donut spacers to the sling swivels as well.
A sling is mandatory on a vintage rifle, I purchased this Amish Made, Buffalo hide 1" leather sling, it is a quality made unit that will fit with the era of the gun.