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Here's the deal...

The Good: Excellent 1944 Long Branch, not FTR'd. Matching bolt (including alpha-numeric prefix) and mag has last four digits of serial. Bore is a mint two-groove. Has a MkIII sight (which is correct, I think). Bluing is excellent. Still has oily cosmo from import. Very subtle CAI import mark under muzzle tip (old style).

The Bad: Fore-end cut down sporter-style! [:(]

1. What is the most you would pay for such a project assuming that you really want a nice LB specimen to add to a growing L-E collection? Try to put yourself in my shoes: you really want an LB, so think of the max price you would consider a "must buy".

2. Is there a way to determine a proper replacement LB fore-end? Elaborate...

3. Is a grooved rear handguard "proper" for a '44 LB?
 

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Limpetmine, sorry - could you repeat that? I was distracted by your avatar...

I could probably get it around $150 US...

LB's have a repuation for being quite excellent shooters, right?

I suppose just finding nice wood that matches the buttstock would be fine, too.
 

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Slim Tim, I know what you mean, but it looks like the original forearm wasn't serialized anyway, per the above comment.

Honestly, just a nice close-to-matching forearm and handguards would be fine. That is a far cry more suitable situation for this rifle than to continue in this cut down stock, at risk of being drilled, hacked, and abused at the hands of some Bubba.

It is such a beauty otherwise that I'm very tempted.

Does anyone have a forearm and handguards set that is kind of dark brownish in very good shape?
 

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Okay... update.

I'm pretty sure I can convince the seller to take $100 for the rifle. I could put on a new fore-end and handguards from Sarco and have a sweet rifle, though the buttstock may not match exactly.

Or leave it as is and have a heck of a nice shooter.
 

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Well, I picked up the rifle today. It is quite nice, never been FTR'd. The two-groove crown is quite distinct. There's some oil in the bore, but I'm expecting that a couple passes with the bore-snake will reveal a virtually mint bore. Doesn't look like this rifle saw any service in the field. Too bad bubba killed the fore-end.

There is a mark in the wood under the tang. Circle with up-arrow, with some thing stamped above it.
 

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A few pictures...

Have to turn off the flash on the close-ups or the glare is bad. The first two side shots are more indicative of the stock hue.
 

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Yes, I was able to get it down to about that much. And fortunately, a fellow forum member is hooking me up with a set of LB wood.

I meant to photo the stock mark under the tang, but it is as one would expect for an LB.

You know what kills me on this? Bubba went through the trouble of hacking, sanding and staining the front end, but he probably never fired it. There is still a thin sheet of cosmo in the battle sight aperture!

I notice that the crown is a bit deeper than other No4's I have, kind of like some Finn M39's. Was this a Long Branch thing they did? Crown is very nice though.
 

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Don't have a photo handy, but the bullet picture reveals about half of the visible bullet between the case mouth and lands. Just a more recessed crown.

Did you notice the plastic zip-tie on the muzzle? This is what held the CAI info tag on, and another reason I think it's unfired since import. Oh why couldn't he have just left the rifle alone?!
 
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