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neiler 12-21-2011 06:34 PM

Model 94 refurb
My wife was recently given her grandmas old model 94, I know it was made during WWII(apparently they didnt keep as good records during the time because i cant find a specific year) and It was rusty. My father in law hosed it down with WD40 and freed up the action, but their is rusty oil on every part that moves.

My plan is to clean up and re-blue the rusty barrel, clean up or replace the mag tube, and just clean up the action replacing any parts that are beyond repair. I wont be messing with the stock, as it has character but is in pretty good shape.

I have looke down the barrel, it is clean, and the action seems structurally sound. Once i am done does anyone see any issues with firing it? I plan on inspecting every piece as close as possible, but are there any parts I should pay particularly close attention to?

Jeepergeo 12-21-2011 08:18 PM

I suggest taking it to a professional gunsmith. A good one will be able to answer your questions after looking over the 94. The price of the gunsmith will be much less than the cost of an ambulance ride and stitches.

hiwall 12-21-2011 09:18 PM

Once you clean the bore and chamber, I see no reason why you wouldn't shoot it.

c3shooter 12-22-2011 12:38 AM

If you PM me with the SN, may be able to narrow it down for you a bit.

Regarding reblue- you MAY have a problem or 2.

1.) SN 500,000 to 1,200,00 (1909-1942): Receivers have a high nickle content and the bluing often "flakes" off, even when the rifle is in mint condition.
2.) SN 2,600,000 and above (Post '64): Receiver is an investment casting made from some unknown alloy which does not accept hot bluing by itself. They are plated with iron so that they can be blued.

WD 40 is great for displacing water- that is about it. Product called Kroil, made by Kano Labs is the best penetrating oil I have found. Pricey but works VERY well. Use coarse cloth, oil, rub rusty part that has soaked in oil for a day. Change to clean spot on cloth as cloth gets rusty. Repeat until arm falls off. Then change hands.

Having a smith inspect after you finish will cost less than the deductible for a trip to the ER.

neiler 12-23-2011 12:40 AM

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Finally took some pictures, it looks a lot worse with a flash! I will take it to a gunsmith to make sure its safe before i put rounds through it, I think my main queston was while its apart, is there anything to really scrutanize, I always try and do a job right so it wont have to be redone.

Theres no sense in taking it all apart, and cleaning/refinishing parts only to have someone tell me half the parts need to be replaced. Id rather replace them them as I go if they can be identified, but at the same time i dont want to shotgun it and replace everything. :confused:

hiwall 12-23-2011 02:31 AM

Nice pictures. I doubt that you have to replace anything except maybe some screws that you might break taking it apart. Maybe the magazine spring as they are small wire and sometimes rust thru, so look that over good. Take apart only what you need to (which will be most parts) to clean it up.

trip286 12-23-2011 02:37 AM

I would go ahead and replace all the springs and screws. Other than that, it looks like mostly surface rust to me. Have fun and keep us posted!

neiler 12-23-2011 03:35 AM

Thanks for the advice guys! i will post pictures as i go, it may be a while before i get started, christmas always drains my bank account for some reason......

BudW 12-26-2011 12:00 AM

Nice ...........................

ninjatoth 12-26-2011 01:52 AM

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Wow,looks like it was stored 12" underground in a barnyard;).This is what a closet stored WW2(1945)94 should look like for reference,you don't want it to look too new when it's done,but you don't have much to lose.Mine did have some surface rust when I got it but it came all off with an oil soaked 0000 steel wool and gentle scrubbing.

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