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Old January 17, 2014, 03:25 PM   #1
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Pre '64 Win '94 30-30 with bad furniture

Will it mess up any residual value of my '94 if I replace the stock and forearm?

A previous owner has installed some badly-executed inlays in the stock.

Art, I know, is in the eye of the beholder, but...

Anyway, I would appreciate advice on the best replacements.

The carbine is a couple hundred miles away right now, but I'll post some pics when I can.


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Old January 17, 2014, 03:40 PM   #2
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VERY few pre 64's have any collectors value anyway. Some do, some sell at a slight premium, but in this case it can't hurt it any worse than it already has been.
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Old January 17, 2014, 04:09 PM   #3
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Should be OK, if the replacement stocks are of the same version/specifications - some years had the long-nosed forend; different year Carbines had different buttstock end shapes (shotgun vs square-comb), with the appropriate buttplate (shotgun vs fold-over), etc, etc.

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Old January 17, 2014, 04:28 PM   #4
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Depends what you call collectors value. A nice clean but honestly used and not abused M94 Pre1964 will fetch $500-$700 any day of the week here in central Pa. Very desirable and many will buy as many as they can afford to when they see them for sale. There just isn't that many unmodified ones around and they never sit on the shelf long. No one wants any of the new lever actions from any manufacture. Only the old ones are what get bought up.
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Old January 19, 2014, 04:22 PM   #5
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If you have the gun primarily for your enjoyment, I'd make it how you want. I'd draw the line at a reblue, but would replace the stock if it said, getiing a proper spec'd one for your vintage. If post 1950 (and some '51s) that would be one with the short forend nose and probably flatter cross hatched steel buttplate. Someone more expert will chime in to correct or corroborate, but I believe there was a change in the profile/thickness of the buttstock--as viewed from the top--in the early 50s as well, though I believe tang inletting will interchange, and overall appearance to the layperson will be very similar.
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Old January 20, 2014, 03:02 PM   #6
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'94 improvement...

Psy Fly--It's YOUR gun! Do you want to sell it for maximum $$, or do you want to keep it and enjoy it?

My own move would be to replace the stock and fore-end, if I just couldn't stand the looks of the "improvements" done by the previous owner. (I am in that situation with a Swedish Mauser, so I feel your pain.)

If you are thinking of selling it, do the handsomest job possible with the most "correct" replacements you can get, even if they cost more. BUT--save the original pieces, and sell the thing as a package, so the buyer can decide for himself which stock/fore-end to use.

Me, I buy guns I want to use myself. I sell them if I get a better one for the intended use, or if I get sick of a particular gun, or such. I don't ever buy a gun with an eye to selling it.

But that's me. You will have to find your own way. it's YOUR gun. Good luck, and please keep us posted!
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