Hey there, new member here with some questions on the best lever action rifle ever made... the 39A I've recently aquired a 39A from my grandfather that he bought new in 1948. He and my dad both have worn the barrel(or so they say) out shooting thousands of rabbits about 30 years ago and prior. when the gun started shooting goofy, they left it in the barn and that's where it stayed till it was recently dug out and given to me. I've looked the gun over and it's got some problems, but nothing crazy considering it spent the last 30 years in a barn. the buttstock is not original, and a little bit loose, the ammo fill tube was bent at one time and now has a crack where it's about to break and half. I have fired some rounds through it, but it fails to eject almost every other shell, but so far, I noticed that it shoots strait as an arrow with open sights on it. I ordered a new extractor, and a new spring for the ejector, but haven't installed them yet. I also noticed that the new extractor I bought is S shaped, and the original is a 2 piece unit.. are they interchangeable? I've considered ordering a new stock and maybe a new barrel if it needs it, but I'm wondering if I'm going to ruin the value of the rifle by putting on parts that aren't from that time period. I'd like to have another 39A around the ranch, but I'm just not sure if this rifle would be better suited to be rebuilt and used again, or shelved, or even sold so I could buy a better 39A? Is there any additional value to a gun this old? what would it's value be in current condition? I bought a 1968 model 39A off of Gun Broker last year for $450 that was in really good shape, but this year I notice that they're going for around $150 more money in the same condition? why? I guess I'm stuck and don't know what to do with this old gun. I'd like to say it's got family value, but nobody in my family seems to care what happens to it, so I guess I might even sell it to buy a gun that's already in good working condition. Any imput would be greatly appreciated.