Re: winchester model 55 lever action restoration
You've said you checked into Turnbull. What he does is have you send him the firearm. He evaluates what an approximate cost of the work you are requesting. You then can either accept his cost estimate or decline it and he'll ship the firearm back at your expense. Restoration work is best approched in this manner. The person or company who will do the work needs to know what is involve and how long it might take before any estimate can be given. Most restorations take alot more work than the owner can relay with an e-mail or a picture. Those that take on restoration work without examining it in person, usually end up working for $2.50 an hour. Even WalMart or McDonalds will start you out at $10/hr. and you won't have the overhead all business do. "Good" and "cheap" don't go together in the same sentence very well. I used to do some restorations, but that's why I won't hardly look at one, anymore.
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