How can you tell...?
I visited a local sporting goods store this afternoon. The owner and I have become friends since he opened about 6 months ago. He knew I just sold a nice Winchester 52B and asked if I wanted another one. He showed me a different 52B that he took on trade from one of his good customers. The barrel had been cut down to 16 or 18" and had what seemed to be a different stock from what I would think is original. The stock almost looked like a Model 70 with the checkering, but was much thicker all the way through.He said the gentleman inherited it from his father, who told him the work was done by the factory. The craftsmanship was excellent on the entire piece, but I am skeptical it was done at the factory. He said if it could be proven the work was done at the factory, it would increase the value to $2000-$3000. That didn't make much sense, either, since he estimated the value at under $500 with the scope included.So, I have two questions:How can you tell if the work was done at the factory or by a gunsmith?Would it really increase the value that much or would it actually decrease the value?Thanks.Jeremy