Needed Rebuild

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Project by papadan posted 08-08-2017 09:03 PM 1182 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Embarrassed to admit but my favorite rifle was left in the garage in a cloth case for the last few years. It was sitting in a back corner and the roof was leaking up until about a year ago. This is a 1975 Browning BL 22. Lever action 22 rifle that I bought for my 18th birthday at JC Penny’s. When I found it out in the garage, I brought it in and put it in a closet. About a month ago I decided to look at it. Lots of rust and the stock was ruined by rot from sitting in water. No before pictures, too embarrassing to show.

Totally disassembled, cleaned every part, replaced all the springs, re-blued all the pieces except the trigger, hammer and magazine straps. Those parts I decided to silver plate, they were originally blued or painted black. The original stock and fore grip were a straight grained walnut. The new stock and grip are walnut with zebra wood panels.

I know the value of guns is in non-refinished condition, but this one had to be rebuilt. The value in this rifle is for my grandsons to fight over. Comments…..good or bad…. welcome.

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#1 posted 08-08-2017 10:01 PM

well papa i dont know how bad it looked but it sure looks sweet now,wow you did an amazing job bringing that old rifle back to life.and yeah its probably gonna cause a squabble who gets it someday.fantastic work buddy.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 08-08-2017 10:44 PM

a beautiful rebuild …and as far as Browning rifles go ….there value stays pretty high …..sounds like it was a wall hanger …but now its back to an awesome rifle again ….GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 08-08-2017 10:48 PM

Looks great now,well done. Dan


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#4 posted 08-09-2017 02:01 AM

Sorry you had to go through the pain of seeing an old friend in that shape, but you did a great job on the rebuild. It is beautiful.
For your grand kids the value should be in having something you did with your own hands.

-- EARTH FIRST! We'll log the other planets later. Trust your neighbors, but brand your calves. Opinion worth price charged.

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#5 posted 08-09-2017 02:33 AM

That is absolutely gorgeous. Also, I hope that your grandsons don’t care about the monetary value of that gun. One of my favorite guns is my grandfather’s 22. There is nothing special about it other than it was his. That value alone is more than enough for it to have a secure position in my crowded gun safe until I die. Added to the sentimental value of that being your gun, the fact that the furniture was all made by you should put its value beyond measure.

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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#6 posted 08-09-2017 02:34 AM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 08-09-2017 12:59 PM

You did an outstanding job of restoring this rifle. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 08-09-2017 03:11 PM

Pretty thing, and lever action always looked cool, to me. I suspect this was a casualty of your recent past health issues, but with a little surgery and TLC it appears better than new, just like you…attaboy!

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 08-09-2017 05:09 PM

Thanks everyone! Jim, this rifle will live on, even though my days are numbered.

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 08-10-2017 02:43 AM

Everybody’s days are numbered. But you look like you are making the most of them! I like your attitude.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 08-10-2017 02:50 AM

Yep, everyones days are numbered, but most don’t know the number like I do. LOL Enjoy working on things, always have and always will, made a career out fixing broken things. ;-) Kinda like you Jim, but mine never talked back like yours did.

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#12 posted 08-10-2017 03:47 AM


Don’t pay any attention to the odds. Live your life like you always have, and like you will live forever. I have seen it, you can beat the odds…

It’s all about style. An upbeat attitude, and a refusal to give in, makes a difference.

Have a good one. I enjoy your posts!!!

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 08-10-2017 11:54 AM

looks like new now Dan… nice work on it !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#14 posted 09-13-2017 04:46 PM

WOW WOW WOW!! What a GORGEOUS job you did!! The zebrawood and lovely finish are STUNNING! A total showpiece in my opinion. :) I know what you mean about keeping an old gun/rifle in its original condition…we’ve got one of those too! But I really can’t imagine this rifle being LESS valuable than it was before…it’s so beautiful now!!

You are a raging talent. Just saying. :)

-- Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~ Brian Tracy

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#15 posted 09-13-2017 04:50 PM

Had it out at the range a few days ago. Got the sites set and she feels just like my old friend. Thanks for the kind words.

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