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I'm thinking about putting a scope rail on my old Remington 514 single shot .22. I've had the rifle for many years and am having it reblued, its in the shop right now.
I have a 10/22 rail around here someplace if it will fit. Will putting the rail on the old .22 decrease its value? The smith doing the blueing told me single shot .22s are bringing premium prices right now. He told me the value of the Remington should be about $175 once restored..... I think my Dad paid around $15 for it over 60 years ago.

Silly question actually.... Its not for sale but my descendants may want to sell it somedaya and I like a 4X high power rifle scope on a .22
 

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First, I love those old rifles! My brother had one, I think he still does, and we had so much fun with it. As with anything vintage or antique, they are more valuable left in their original state. Personally I would keep those type of firearms that have been passed down in the family and hope that my kids would do the same. It's going to be your personal choice. If your using the rifle a lot and putting a scope on it is something you want to do, then by all means do it.

BTW, some gun porn would be nice ;) I haven't seen one since I was a kid.
 

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I think 175 will always be the top price for a single shot .22 the remington society has a website that has a discussion about these rifles. You have a couple of options: JB weld a scope mount to the receiver, have a gunsmith drill and tap the receiver, or scour the auction sites for a vintage side mount which was made for the gun back in the sixties. For a single shot .22 the value might be affected by a scope mount, but very few single shots .22's ever reach that collector status.
 

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BTW, some gun porn would be nice ;) I haven't seen one since I was a kid.
I'll post pics as soon as I get it back from the blueing job. There are some minor scratches on the walnut stock so I put some True Oil on the whole thing.... it came out pretty good. A complete refinishing of the stock is not necessary and I'm too lazy and lack the ability to do a good job. The same is true of a cold blueing job. The smith is going to bead blast the metal parts and black it actually which is what it was originally. I told him not to remove anything that was not old blueing or rust ... no metal and to leave the writing intact and as sharp and as clear as it is.

The gun is a keepsake and not for sale. My Dad gave it to me for XMas when I was 9 years old..... I'm now 71. My late uncle had one just like it. I've seen him put a bullet through one squirrel's eye and out the other calling the shot at 40' away with his.
 

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I have one with a broken bolt handle. Been trying to figure out what would be the best way to fix it. (Gun Smith only open while I am at work, 15 miles away) Best I can tell a replacement bolt is not available; saw one on an auction site for $95.00 to steep for me. One of the best shooting .22 rifles I have ever shot.
 
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