Need Gunsmith job and reblue on 45 Colt Winchester 94AE

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Quarterbore

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I need some advice, I have a 1980s Winchester 94AE Trapper in 45 Colt. I bought it on auction and didn't notice that in the photos a previous owner had mounted a Rossy style barrel band with front sight and while it works it looks wrong. My mistake but I really want to fix it right now.

My gun has the smaller diameter barrel so the front sight is supposed to be soldered directly to the barrel. My guess is that it must have got knocked off but it's a shame as the rest of the gun is very nice (95% or better) but the blueing where he front sight should have been does not match on a couple inch section of the barrel.

I have ordered the correct parts from Browning but I don't know if this is a job to take to just any gunsmith or should it go to a specialist? It's not a collectible gun but it's one without the cross bolt or tang safety and I just want it fixed right and have the barrel reblue so it looks better. I figure original it would be worth $600 or more but know the value has a huge hit now.

I can post pictures if needed but what would you do?
 

mohavesam

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a "specialist"?
Any 'smith should be able to cut a dovetail and insert a std. Winchester 1894 bead front sight and steel band while they're at it. A $40-50 milling cut & cleanup and a $20 sight. The old band and screw will be about $20-30, no smithing required.
You can cold blue or Duracoat the barrel. If you're after a pro-level restoration then spend twice as much or easily more.
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Quarterbore

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This front sight has be silver soldered but yea I assume any decent gunsmith can do that. Barrel is too thin for dovetail.

EDIT: I took it to a local gunsmith and he is going to do the work for me. Thanks for the advice.
 

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