Is this acceptable for a Turnbull restoration?
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    Is this acceptable for a Turnbull restoration?

    Hey guys, had Turnbull do a restoration of a 38-40 a few years ago. This was a gun that had already been re-blued some time in the past so there was no original finish...but, what I do know is that the frame serial number didn't used to look messy like it does now. The 2nd and 3rd numbers from left (5 and 6)were misaligned and were a little weak, but the numbers looked proper and were properly spaced. Looks like they maybe tried to overstrike the numbers to make them stand out more? Anyhow, I thought I was maybe being too fussy at first but the more I look at this the more it bugs me. Should I let it go or should I have asked them to do something about this? (if even anything can be done at this point)


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    Do you have pictures of the serial number from before you sent the gun to Turnbull?

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    Unfortunately not. I just know for sure it didn't look like that.

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    IMO no, especially for what they charge and their reputation.

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    I'll tell you something you might have already guessed, but 'now' your eyes will immediately see that imperfection, and it'll irritate the hell out of you.

    Sell/trade the piece and find another - and remember - that shop doesn't always turn out impeccable work - they just charge for it.

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    The numbers are pretty deep, I doubt much can be done without removing more metal than would be comfortable. I'd like to see the entire gun!

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    Thanks guys. Is it possible to have them tig weld and re-stamp or is that not possible on a case hardened area?

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    I wouldn't worry about it, it's water under the bridge now. And on SAAs at least the numbers often seem misaligned on originals.

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    Just my opinion, but that would drive me crazy. Personally, I think they did a terrible job of re-numbering the frame. Even looks like the 5 and 8 overlap. Rick is right, removing those numbers and re-stamping them would probably not work out well. I'm not impressed with what appears to be an egg shaped hole for the cylinder pin screw, either. Full view photos would be nice.

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    I guess I'm glad I didn't let them work on my Bisley 20 years ago, when they quoted me $500 for a full restoration. It could have been worse.
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