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    I got an old Winchester lever action .22 mag that was my first gun. When I was a teenager I sanded the stock down (I also broke it a couple times and my dad glued it together) and sanded the steel completely with some halfbrained idea of restoring it then. It's still in that same condition, and I've used it a bunch between now and then and recently it's started having jamming problems.

    Anyhow, I'm willing to put in the work to restore it but I'm wondering if any of you have had any experience in doing the rebluing or refinishing of the stock - or have any tips on getting it to look like it did originally (off the top of my head 9422M is the model). I'm considering just sucking it up and starting to save up now to get it done professionally since the rifle has sentimental value to me.

    The jamming part also has me concerned, I imagine it's just because it's old and is probably easily fixable.

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    Look up Doug Turnbull on the web.
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    Pay a professional to polish the metal and reblue it. You can refinish the wood, but don't sand it anymore, as the metal at the receiver will start hanging out over the wood if you've gone too far. That always looks bad.
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    Ok thanks guys, I was thinking the same thing. Judging from what I'm reading having bluing professionally done is the way to go.

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    I guess that live and learn works for a lot of people in the gun world, but after being burned by Turnbull and gang, never again. Now I use this out fit and one that is back east that only advanced collector use after being worked over by Turnbull also. He has no website.


    http://www.ronsgunshop.com/ I like Paul he is better than Turnbull, only without all the hype and a fraction of the cost.
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    I have heard Turnbull called lots of things for many years... This is the first I have ever heard of someone saying anyone is better. Many are cheaper, a LOT cheaper, but Turnbull built his reputation on stellar work. I have seen a lot of it.

    Anyone suggesting Turnbull can be bettered on quality is dreaming. Anyone can beat them on price... There might just be a reason...

    The original poster does not need Turnbull...
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