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vacillator 11-18-2009 02:05 PM

10-22 Touch up
I inherited my Grandpa's 30 year old 10-22. I want to keep it as close to how he left it as possible but still protected for years of use. I cleaned up some rust freckling on the barrel with a Frontier metal cleaning pad and it looks good. Some of the bluing is worn off but I assume that's no big deal as long as I keep it oiled. The gun will probably only be used a couple times a year (until my kids get older) but it will be handled by multiple brothers, friends, and kids during those times. After use, it will be completely cleaned, lightly coated with oil, and then locked away again.

Any comments on the above will be welcomed, but my question is for the stock. The finish is almost completely worn in spots and has many dings and scratches. I don't want to refinish this gun, just keep it protected. Should I rub in something like Tru-oil to protect the bare wood or is there a different finish that would work better for the Ruger?

agoetz2005 11-18-2009 02:34 PM

Research and get a Bear-Tex pad in the finest grit available, and scrub the stock lightly with it and mineral spirits. wipe dry with a lint free rag, and rub on some tru oil carefully following the directions until you get it where you want it. Hang it in a dry area for 2 weeks to let it full and completely cure.

For the barrel, you can get some Oxpho Blue CREAM, and use it sparingly to blend in the spots as much as possible without a complete strip and refinish.

vacillator 11-18-2009 06:25 PM

Technically what I have on hand is Pro Custom Oil, but as I understand it, it's a blended oil like TruOil. I figure they're interchaneable. I have the Oxpho Cream on hand also, but I acutally like the worn look. If I ever see rust forming I'll reconsider touching up the bluing.

Thanks for the scrub and mineral spirits tips, much appreciated.

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