What do you guys think about reblueing and refinishing antique firearms? I've got a single-shot .22 (probably a Savage) that was my grandfather's rifle when he was a kid (early 1920s). According to family lore, he could drive nails with it and it is pretty accurate. However, it is pretty beat up and the finish on the barrel is pretty much gone. It doesn't have any financial value, but it would be good to have and pass on to someone else in the family eventually. If I redid it (or had a professional redo it), the rifle could be preserved permanently, but it would lose a lot of character. Has anybody here refinished a firearm and how were your results?
I have several telescopes, but none are semi-APO, APO, or in anyway valuable.