Ok, I went to the photobucket tools and desaturated the second and third photos to get a more accurate representation of the finish. They still don't look perfect, and for all I know the rifle was refinished at some point back in its hunting days, but I don't think it was blued. Could be wrong, though.
Mr. Keenan was certainly correct that it looked blued before I had a go at correcting for the saturation of reflected light. What say you now, sir? You may have to restart your internet browser to see the updated photos.
I'm not worried about the value, but I would like to know as much as possible about this rifle.
Refinished? Not? Blued? Browned? I'm not sure I know what a very old reblue looks like...