Be Warned! I paid the premium for a a hand-picked rifle. I received one in good working order but it had been refinished. The steel had been crudely sanded to remove rust (but all pitting remained) and then cold-blued, complete with fingerprints on the barrel. The "restorer" even rolled up his sandpaper, inserted it into the barrel, and spun it to remove any rust visible at the muzzle. This was done to a rifle with a surprisingly clean bore to begin with.
I spoke to the manager of the ACC firearms warehouse who told me with pride that his staff refinishes the higher-end rifles in house.
I am very upset that no mention of this practice is made in any sales literature, but I will probably keep the rifle instead of taking pot-luck with an untouched one.
To be fair, the refinished stock looks very nice, though it was sanded down so much that the butt plate is now too large.
I purchased one of these before they arrived in the U.S. so had to wait about 3 months, but it was worth it! I paid for hand select and received a nice 1875 former Mk.I with some Mk.II improvements.
Wood is very good, lock is tight and the bore mint and bright. No Nepalese marks on the metal. Shoots great! There was a small lock screw missing, but Christian was quick to send one out. No charge. VERY PLEASED! From Robert
Well I got to the wood today and the butt stock was OK other than having a coat of black paint on it. The forestock was another story. It was splintered from the rear lug back and all the splinters were not there. It also has a crack that runs from the right side of the lug to the second barrel band. I have also had to shim the barrel bands in order for them to tighten down on the barrel.