best time cleaning a gun tonight...
Now, I know this title may sound odd to some...but tonight I field stripped and cleaned a Winchester model 12 produced in 1947. I do not think it had ever been stripped and cleaned. I also don't remember a time that I enjoyed cleaning a shotgun so much. I have a mossberg 835 but cleaning this was alot different. The craftsmanship of this firearm is amazing. I will not be firing it much as it seEMS to have a cycling problem...but it is beautiful. It could use some restoration but I think I am going to leave it as is for now..it has a lot of character! For those interested in the specifics. Complete hoppes #9 and nylon brush to remove years of funk from the action. Removed the butt stock and cleaned the back of the receiver and the stock set screw of some minor corrosion. The action is as smooth as butter now.
As for future on this one....I need some background on restoration. If I were to sand down imperfections on the but t stock and refinished...or was to have it reblued...would this hurt the value of this firearm? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
“The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.”
― Thomas Jefferson
“The constitution shall never be construed...to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
― Alexander Hamilton