This year was the 16th year carrying my 7600 ‘06 carbine. Bought it new in 2004 and the old girl has been thru a lot. Many dings in the stock and forend, the bluing is worn right down to bare metal where I carry it one handed, and the Limbsaver recoil pad is sticky and gooey and has to go. Between Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont this year were quite a few rainy or wet snowy days where it stayed in the truck overnight and of course rust spots developed. I cleaned her up best I could but the other day I decided she needed a makeover. So today I took the scope, rings and base off of her and brought her to a guy in Newark, VT. He’s going to strip the old blueing off and Cerakote it black, lightly refinish the wood with a satin poly and put a new Kick Eez recoil pad on her. When I get it back a new VX-3 2.5x8 is going on her, as long as I can find one. I should have it back in a couple of months, I’ll post pics and a review when I do.