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Old 11-06-2011, 11:55 PM   #11
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I don't know why a lot of people are so against WD-40. I've used many brands of penetrating oil and I think Kroil is the best I used. But there is nothing wrong with WD-40 or Liq Wrench or other common brands. I say get off the high horse and use what you find on the work bench. For what this guy is doing he can use regular gun oil. I've removed rust from 100's (yes 100's) of guns. It is not rocket science. I tell someone to use things that they might already have on hand without spending any money. If the WD-40 or oil don't work good then go find some Kroil nothing hurt and only a little time wasted. That bluing is gone. The rust is deep. He's going to end up using emery cloth to smooth it out. Then degrease and cold blue. Take your time and it can turn out to be not even be very noticeable. Changing the barrel would be like buying a new car if you had a flat tire on your old one.

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Good post Hiwall.

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So when I get this gun in decent shape I shouldn't be afraid to shoot it?

That would be a blast to shoot such on old gun.
I think my Grandfather purchased the gun for my Uncle to use when he was young. They are both now passed. My grandpa had this hanging in his computer room until he passed.

I'm thinking about ordering some bronze wool to try that out.

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Good news.
I got the brass tube out of the magazine.

Bad news.
It is very ugly and probably shot.

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How do you mean "shot"? Is it bent? Is the follower within the brass tube stuck?

You should absolutely spend the time to get this thing in ship shape and shoot it. It's one of if not the most popular .22 rifle ever made. It is the first lever action .22 ever made (Marlin Model 1891) and they've received a few modifications over the decades. The 39, mentioned earlier in the thread, came out in 1921, very minor modifications saw it through to 39A in '37 and then the Golden 39A in '54. They've been making them ever since.

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How do you mean "shot"? Is it bent? Is the follower within the brass tube stuck?

You should absolutely spend the time to get this thing in ship shape and shoot it. It's one of if not the most popular .22 rifle ever made. It is the first lever action .22 ever made (Marlin Model 1891) and they've received a few modifications over the decades. The 39, mentioned earlier in the thread, came out in 1921, very minor modifications saw it through to 39A in '37 and then the Golden 39A in '54. They've been making them ever since.
Well I suppose it is in working order, but it is just ugly. haha

Yeah that's what I have been learning. That this is a highly favored gun, even among very experienced shooters.
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They are truly a beautiful rifle. It's a shame that the pitting and corrosion is so rampant on that weapon. I am working on aquiring one myself of the same vintage as yours. The fact that it is manufactured with forged steel rather than cast from some mystery metal says plenty about it's quality. Your rifle will never be a collector without refurbishing and I'm afraid that would be prohibitively expensive, but I'll bet you stilll have a good shooter.

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Barrel looks clean. All I did way spray air through it with an air compressor.
Internal mechanisms look good. Bolt has matching serial (not that it matters too much)
Tried to take pics of it.
The magazine tube looks like it is rusted inside fairly bad towards the front of the gun (where all the rust is). I can see what a brush will do, but I imagine Ill need a new one.






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