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I bought a rifle at a garage sale for $20, it was missing the bolt, trigger guard and rear sight elevator.
JC Higgins model 41 (Marlin 100/101). I decided to try and build a cheap youth trainer rifle, by shrinking the dimensions and then refinishing the wood and steel. I think it turned out pretty good. The best part is it didn't cost me a nickel, I actually made money on the project!

Here is what I started with:



and here it is finished:



Blog posts with more pictures documenting the changes

https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2017/09/featured-gun-jc-higgins-model-41.html

https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2017/09/lil-buckeroo-project-part-1.html

https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2017/09/lil-buckeroo-project-part-2.html

https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2017/09/lil-buckeroo-project-part-3.html

https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2017/09/lil-buckeroo-project-part-4.html

https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2017/09/lil-buckeroo-project-part-5.html
 

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It ended up looking very good, especially when it didn't cost you anything to get it that way.
 
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