Absolutely. I would rather scratch it myself and then stop worrying about it. And if you own and want it to be something different, make it so. Even if I might not do it, it is a tool and if it makes it work for you, replacing a trigger, mounting a scope, replacing a stock, and or rechambering the rifle are all reasonable choices.
I have a corollary that I feel strongly about. Guns should be shot. Unless it's in some way unsafe, putting a gun away and never taking it to the range doesn't fit with what firearms are for me. Collecting beautiful, never fired guns, is for someone else, not me. Even the one gun that came to me from my Grandfather goes to the range.
Glen Filthie said...
The hell of it was that most of those mods were cosmetic and the rifle didn't really shoot much better than the original did.Guns in barrels, yes indeed. Pull one out, inspect it, then pull out another. Enfields. Springfields, Mausers, Mosins, Carcanos, and more. Those days are gone, never to be seen again.
But I remember those days well. The cool kids were shooting the Weatherbys with their high gloss stocks, white line spacers and inlays. They look cheezy to the modern eye but back then - they were the stuff of dreams. Guys like us didn't have guns like that - they were in the realm of the high rollers with big cash.
At my gun shop the war surps were stored in BARRELS. You came by, picked through the bin to find one that 'looked good' - and went hunting.
My next post just wrote itself. I just need a picture or two to go with it.