I've got an old S&W .44 spcl. DA made in the 1920's that was "engraved by mother nature" but the chambers & bore are non pitted & it shoots just fine & $300, is exactly what I paid for it."Dog shelter" - I love it. That exactly describes my accumulation of Colt rescues. Any clean bored, properly functioning New Service is worth at least $300 as a shooter regardless of finish.