I only wish I had this rifle !!! Wanted one, bought speedmaster which is a great rifle in its own right. I'd recommend visiting Brownells website -- they have everything for refinishing any gun for the do-it-yourselfer. Lots of good coatings. Due to the irreplacable nature of this rifle, I'd humbly suggest that you go to a quality gunsmith for further work.
as far as the ones i have seen, yes the black comes with a nickle finish. but hey, if you are redoing one and prefer the black, why not? i seen one at a gun show last weekend in really good shape, had a pricetag of 175 on it.
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