Your Daughter won't mind you using it in the meantimeI have one of the little ruger Africans 275 rigby. Lovely little rifle. Of course I wish I had a real rigby, but this will have to do. Only took it hunting one time, and shot a doe with it. It’s been in the safe ever since, except for load development. I plan on it being my daughters first rifle most likely.
That is a lovely rifle. Essentially a twin to Corbett's and only a three-year separation in production dates (1907).
With the previous owner's and your history embedded in that rifle and with it being in such great shape, I respectfully disagree. It should be left as is.Thank you sir. Yes it definitely begs for a proper restoration.
I think I’ve read somewhere (here maybe) that refinishing of working guns was a common service by the big English makers for their clients in Africa. Send it in and have it repaired/checked out as needed with refinishing if necessary.Thanks for the kind words.
Well it's already been refinished (in England according to the seller I bought it from) at one time hence the glossy blueing, so a proper rust blue would only make it look right plus not reflect sunlight as bad.