Even a perfectly restored gun, though, won't bring anything near the price of the same model in original mint condition. Usually, the best you can hope for is to break even. Years ago my father gave me what was left of his Beretta ASEL, which had a deeply cracked stock and an action that rattled like castanets. I sent it to the Orvis gun shop. Several months and $1,800 later, I had a gun worth about $1,800.