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First, I'm an amateur when it comes to the shooting sports and as for gunsmithing, all I can do is disassemble, clean, reassemble. Maybe add a few very easy after market stuff. So keep the trade jargon out, please.

I inherited a cherry Winchester 62. It also happened to be the first gunpowder gun I ever fired and the rifle I learned on. It had come to my father, an only son amongst his 3 sisters, from his dad who had it from either his dad or an uncle. I loved that gun and took excellent care of it. One day, my brother, shooting off a pier down at a cottonmouth, had the magazine tube slide out - he'd not properly secured it. Well, we put it in the closet and sort of forgot about it. We had a Ruger 10/22 anyway.

Well, then came hurricane Katrina. We are Yats (white natives of New Orleans, from 'where are you?' Pronounced 'yat,' with the dangling preposition - where are you at?). Anyway, most of my firearms were submerged in that unutterably foul crap-water for a couple weeks. I wrote off most (by a lucky quirk, most of my long guns were in Baton Rouge as I'd brought them to shoot with a buddy, sadly not the 62) and tried to salvage those with sentimental value - the Winchester 62 being one.

I sent it to be refurbished and I'm not satisfied with the job they did. I've been putting off dealing with it for too long and my nephews are getting close to that age where it would be appropriate for them to start shooting .22's, airguns, 410's - you get the idea. They're 8 and 7. My niece is nearly 10 and if she's interested, she will come, too.

Anyway, I'd like y'all's recommendation as to the best 'refurbisher' (what's the proper word, please?) for this type of rifle. Heck, the guys who did it the first time didn't even get the right magazine tube-stopper (again, what's the term?) right! I mean, it works but doesn't resemble the original in the slightest. I was close to naming names but that'd be a crappy move. They're in Baton Rouge, though. Point is, I'm in Baton Rouge to stay, now - but am MORE than willing to send it off to get the job done right.

I'd love to have a ballpark estimate on it, too. Remember, it's been refurbished(?) already so everything works and it's not a hunk of rust. Just a guesstimate?

Generations of my family have learned on that .22, as well as a Stevens side by side 20 gauge (which did survive Katrina as my brother had it) and I'd like to continue that. I've got a pair of .22's - a CZ 452 Trainer and a CZ 452 Ultra Lux (I am a confirmed CZ man, if they made revolvers they'd be all I'd buy) but THIS gun is sort of a tradition, and I am unashamed to say I'm sentimental.

Any suggestions on where to send it, who to talk to or a ballpark price?

Sincerely Appreciated,
Jeremy aka Panoply

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Your first 'refurbishment' will depend on what it takes to bring it back. M62 and 62A are fairly easy to polish if Bubba didn't take a buffer to it.

To answer your question-- Doug Turnbull is the best in the business but he only takes what is salvageable.

Send me some pictures and I'll take a look . j belk 09 at g mail dot com without spaces.

Terminology--- Firearms restoration specialist. You're also talking of the inner magazine tube and tube cap assembly. (They can be assembled from available parts.)
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I thank you for your response. My sister's good friend's husband sent his firearms off to a guy based in Texas for his Katrina'ed stuff. I'm going to do the same.

As for it's condition: It is very much serviceable. It fires fine, with an occasional feeding hiccup I blame on the mag tube. The metal just needs some, or a lot, of AGH what's the word?, look-better work.
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