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    Quote Originally Posted by JN01 View Post
    I just bought my 1903 on Saturday. Overall, probably 70% finish (looks close to Homerfans pic in post #4), had a little speckling, but no deep pitting. Seems to be sound mechanically, except it appears that someone dropped it on the muzzle. This ding of displaced metal extends to the bore, making it not quite round.

    I was looking for a shooter grade, not a museum piece, so I figured at $260 plus the price of a barrel I could have what I am looking for.

    If the Numrich barrel is in bad shape I can return it. It is good to know that if that is the case, I have a quality alternative.
    If the ding is right at the muzzle, and the barrel is not 'squished', you may be able to get your local GS to smooth it out and re-crown it. I have a barrel like that.

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    Oberon, what is the typical charge for recrowning?
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    Got the barrel from Numrich today. Aside from a tiny bit of surface rust on the outside, it looks near perfect. I will be off to the range tommorrow to try it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    If the ding is right at the muzzle, and the barrel is not 'squished', you may be able to get your local GS to smooth it out and re-crown it. I have a barrel like that.
    I don't know of any gunsmiths around me to ask. It is a fairly significant dent, enough so that I would be afraid to shoot it in that condition. I will hang on to the original barrel and see if anything can be done with it at some point. Wouldn't hurt to have a spare, if it could be restored at a reasonable cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonaldE View Post
    Oberon, what is the typical charge for recrowning?
    The gunsmith I have used for various things has a minimum charge of $25, and an hourly rate of $50. He is flexible and doesn't try to break my back when I need help.
    Most jobs are fairly simple for a qualified 'smith, especially when new parts fitting is not an issue.
    He has solved problems instantly for me from time to time, and only I had to give him something for the bits I got from his re-purposed parts boxes.
    I have not ever attempted to fix something like a dented muzzle, but I will probably do it in my little downstairs ordnance section if it ever becomes necessary to use the dinged up one I have.*
    My shop has several pieces of equipment that would be necessary for such work, i.e., lathe, mill, drill press. I have hydraulic and mechanical presses and a bunch of cobbled up jigs to do AKs with.
    I have done a lot of my own work on a lot of my stuff, but I usually stop myself before I even think about taking tools to some of my real nice stuff. Crude, simple work on hardware that is already somewhat screwed up is where I am most comfortable.
    Not including Colt DAs, which drive me nuts.
    Your local 'smith can help you.
    Don't be afraid to drop a little coin on you firearms. It is cheap money well spent.
    Firearms are high performance machines of the highest order, and will require maintenance & repair from time to time.
    *I should do a before & after of it and just go do it.
    Stay tuned.
    When I finally get to it, it will be in the 'hammerless' thread and probably the coltsmithing section.
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    I went to the range today. I only had 50 rounds of .32, but they went through the gun flawlessly. I was able to shoot it quite accurately, in spite of the miniscule sights. I'm loving this new (old) Colt.
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    [QUOTE=oberon;3018725]Don't be afraid to drop a little coin on you firearms. It is cheap money well spent.
    Firearms are high performance machines of the highest order, and will require maintenance & repair from time to time.

    Oberon, that quote should be engraved on the skull of every firearm owner out there.
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