And, the original poster never came back and never described the condition of his rifle, so you are simply GUESSING when you offer your advice. Keep guessing! That's all you're doing
What are you doing? Aren't you guessing that the rifle in question is beyond recovery without seeing it yourself. Sounds like you are giving advice sight unseen also. If I had doubts about the rifle I would carry it to a qualified gunsmith for advice. There is no way I would give it away in some buy back program.