Recently discovered this site. Lots of good information and discussions. Need some advice:
I purchased an LC Smith filed grade SxS 12 gauge with 30 inch barrels recently at a gun show for a super price of $200. The gun is mechanically sound and still locks very tight. The actions is in great shape and there are a very few minor pits on the barrel. Bluing is nearly gone and the gun has been reblued before, as the sideplates are blue and not case hardened. Stock has a few minor dings, the classic chip out on the bottom of the action and someone added a poorly fitting rifle pad to the butt. The bores have some minor pitting near the chokes but I think it can be polished out using the bore polishing devices available from Brownells. I plan to restore the gun back to shootable condition and will hunt with it after by refinishing the stock. I’ll probably add a Pachmayr pad, as I need the length and will have the barrels and action reblued. Any collector value, which was low to begin with, has already been destroyed. I’m experienced in the stock work but am looking for recommendations on gunsmith/bluing shops that can reblue the barrels and action. The barrels are soft soldered I believe so they will have to be rust blued. The action can be standard salt blued. Anybody have a favorite shop that they use for their bluing needs.
Thanks in advance for any recommendations