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The one I got was in great condition , but obviously used.
If you want more realism, after emptying the rifle, get someone to punch you in your shooting shoulder as many times as you yelled 'Bang'. Sniff the recently fired brass of the guy in the lane next to you.
Re-box the ammo and put it back in its box, wrap the gun up carefully and go stick it back in your safe....then have a beer.
( Just wondering.......Did your Dad ever explain to you why he bought it or never fired it? )
Lovely looking rifle btw.
I have made my decision and taking her out to the range Tuesday to put a few rounds down range. Kind of cool to think I will be the first one to fire it since 1941 when she was proofed. No I will not regret it other than maybe thinking I should have taken her out when the rifle was given to me 10 years ago.
Value is irrelevant and the difference between 100% and 95% is not that much but with the thought it will never be sold in my lifetime value really doesn't matter. The rifle ill still be a nice heirloom to hand down when I'm gone and if it gets sold off then at least one in the family got to enjoy shooting it!
My dad never really told me why he never shot the rifle, I think when he first bought it he was thinking of using it to hunt but never did. My dad was like me and had a decent size collection and this was not the only one he never fired in it; some he just never got around to.
Thanks again for all your thoughts and a range report will follow.
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