My recommendation would be to just clean it up and shoot it. After you change the barrel and the
stock it wont be your grandfathers rifle any more.
If you want a custom rifle
, build yourself one and keep the old rifle as near as it was but still
safe and functional.
The 222 is a great little round a can be very accurate and fun to shoot.
As a grandfather myself I love to see my kids enjoy some of my old rifles and hope they
take care of them and leave them as they are. (Just sentimental I guess.
You can find a don er rifle and build what you want for a couple of hundred dollars more than
you can strip your granddaddy's rifle and change it.
I have "Restored" many rifles to as near as original as possible and the customers were glad
I talked them out of a total rebuild .
I have also Customized old rifles and there owners have later said they loved the way it shoots
but they wished they had left it alone or just gone through it.
Most old rifles have never been cleaned properly and can benefit greatly from a good cleaning.
When I was a kid I never cleaned my rifles except to wipe the outside down with oil, and later
in life I would run a swab through the bore with some Hoppe's #9 and remove the dirt and
powder fouling and I was done.
It was not until I started match shooting that I learned the value of a good cleaning.
So IMO clean it up and enjoy it for what it is/was "Your grandfathers rifle". and after you build
your custom rifle
you can let him shoot it if he is still able.
J E CUSTOM