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Location: Puryear, TN
One of my best friends not long ago had his basement flooded up to the floor joists of the first floor. Unfortunately, he was storing his record collection (thousands of vinyl 45 and 33 rpm records, mostly from the 50's & 60's), his Playboy magazine collection, and most tragically, his guns in a basement gun room. He was faced with dealing with literally hundreds of soaked rifles, pistols and shotguns, and of course the scopes which went with them. The scopes ranged from the classic Unertl and Lyman outside adjustable target scopes, through a range of newer hunting scopes. Even more tragically, he was involved in an automobile accident back in June, from which he did not survive.
We had always agreed that whichever of us survived the other would take charge of disposal of the departed's firearms and equipment, so now I am faced with the monumental task of doing just that. My question is how do I go about deciding which of the scopes is worth repairing and which are to be sold "as is" or relegated to the trash pile. Any suggestions on how I should go about this would be welcome.
My friend and I were both target shooters (he smallbore and I highpower), varmint hunters and big game hunters, and our collections reflect our interests. I own many of the same scopes that he did, except that my tastes in hunting scopes tend toward the classic (pre-war Zeiss, Hensold, Lyman, Unertl, Noske, Kollmorgen and Redfield), so I am not as conversant with newer scopes as he was.
Some of the scopes obviously merit repair, but weighing the cost of repair against their repaired value will not be an easy task. I am aware of several repair businesses, but most of them have an extensive backlog, and I would like to complete my task as expeditiously as possible. Again, recommendations and suggestions will be most welcome.
Some of the newer scopes that were waterproof may have held, but the older
ones that are not are going to be difficult. The costs of repairing one of those
is best left to your estimate from one of those repair firms. An older scope that
is desirable for a collector, in very nice cond. may be worth less than $100. or
much more. And so a repaired one, less. So I feel your pain.
I would be more worried about the rifles, with the rust, wood stocks, etc.
Good luck, you have a hard job ahead. It will take time, so just have patience to
work through it. Just trying to give you an opinion.
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