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My gun is a post WWII gun made in March 1947. It sports a 26" barrel marked Improved Cylinder. Looking for a hunting, not collector, gun I wasn’t disappointed when I found the gun only retained about 65 percent of its original bluing, much of it plum brown. The stock had the original finish but also three cracks in the pistol grip, which needed to be addressed. Otherwise, the gun was “well used but not abused” and had no rust whatsoever.

Mechanically it was in great shape with a mirror-like bore. I repaired the cracks in the grip area, glass-bedded the action for additional strength, installed a 1" Pachmayr recoil pad and refinished the wood. Then, the forcing cone was lengthened to even out patterns and reduce recoil a bit. Afterward, upon patterning the gun, I found it prints 60 percent patterns with my No. 7 reloads at 40 yards — closer to a Modified choke.