Value of Collectible Firearms in SASS Wire Posted 1 minute ago On 9/22/2022 at 6:37 PM, Wyatt Earp SASS#1628L said: We all know the old adage that refinishing an old firearm, especially one with some collector value, usually destroys the collector value. Especially if alot of metal polishing and buffing has been done. If a gun is of collector value, leave it alone. If you want to shoot it, you could clean out the 140+ years of collected gunk from the insides so that it functions properly again. However, just because a gun is "old" does not mean it is sought after by collectors. For instance, I bought a beater old Marlin off the Classifieds that I knew would have to be a reclamation project. It sat there in the Classified Forum for quite some time, price drop after price drop. So, I bought it at 600. I simply wanted a 19th century .44W Marlin in an original configuration. No, it probably wasn't worth what I paid for it. Restoration and repair was the cost of a new Uberti '73. But, to me, it was worth it, and that's all that matters. I could care less what I can get back out of it when my shooting days are done. What matters is the amount of enjoyment I got from it while I was here, If you have a gun with true collector value, you might opt for "conservation" instead of "restoration". Where any further rusting is stopped and any remaining original colors are brought to the fore. Junk is removed from the innards and bore, screws unbuggered, and the gun put back into fully-functioning condition. This is my Marlin, before and after. All original factory stamping is preserved. Fully functional. Rust bluing process was used. Again, to me, it was worth getting this old girl out of the recycle bin and back into the fight.