Repairs to old guns which require new parts to be made and fitted are extremely costly, due to the high cost of skilled craftsmen capable of undertaking effective repairs. In many cases the actual cost can be much more than a gun is worth after repairs have been made. Additionally if owners live outside the United Kingdom then shipping the gun to and from UK adds many hundreds of pounds to the cost of any repair so having a gun repaired locally may be the only viable solution. Another consideration is that many old guns made before 1904 were proved for black powder cartridges and should not be used with modern ‘nitro’ cartridges without passing a re-proof test.
But, it is mainly due to the shortage of highly skilled craftsmen that we can no longer undertake repairs to old Greener guns made before 1985. Owners of Greener guns made before that year should consult their local gunsmith to see if repairs are possible and the likely costs involved. A competent local gunsmith should be able to provide advice on whether it is economical to repair a gun or not.
Many owners of guns ask about refurbishing a gun to make it look like new? Generally collectors of guns prefer them to be in a condition as near to that when it left the factory but, they also prefer a gun which is showing the usual signs of wear and tear associated with its use in the field rather than one which has been refurbished. So, our general advice to owners wanting to just improve the looks of their gun is - don’t. If something goes wrong with a gun then by all means have it repaired if it is economical to do so. Even a repaired gun showing signs of wear and tear will generally be more valuable than one which has been refurbished unnecessarily.
Greener guns require little maintenance other than cleaning the inside of the barrels after use by removing the gunpowder residues and ensuring there is a thin film of gun oil applied throughout their length, internally and externally. Occasionally during the season it may be necessary rub a little raw linseed oil into the stock and fore end wood. But, stripping and cleaning the action, and any other maintenance or repairs, should be left to an experienced and qualified gunsmith.