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pawoodsman 03-26-2012 07:57 PM

Parker bros 1885 shotgun
Recently acquired a Parker Bros dbl hammer shotgun. From serial number it was made in 1885. The action and stock are in fair condition. The barrel is a different story. It is the twist steel that had a brown patina finish with plenty of heavy rust. I'd like to clean this up. I used some steel wool , .0000 removed the light stuff but I still have a lot of pitting. To remove the pitting I'm going to have to remove the brown finish. So where do I go from here. Remove the rust and pits, and brown patina, then re-brown? Leave it unfinished? Or just oil it and leave the pitting. Not that I have any desire to sell this, but I would like to maintain the highest integrity possible.

mountainman13 03-26-2012 08:16 PM

Just hit it with clp and give it a light scrub and hang it on the wall. Don't even think about shooting it.

tellmaster207 03-26-2012 08:49 PM

Get on eBay or Amazon depending on your budget & buy the 4 Kinks books. If you get into restoring old guns Brownells & Numrich are your new best friends & your wife's new enemy.

mountainman13 03-26-2012 08:53 PM

Great books to have in your arsenal. Good advice.

hiwall 03-26-2012 10:53 PM

The kinks books are great. In this case I would just oil it and hang it on the wall.

c3shooter 03-27-2012 12:54 AM

"Cleaning", along with "improving" and "restoring" a collectable firearm with pretty well totally destroy any collector's value.

What you call crud and dirt, collectors call patina.

As the folks have said, CLP, soft cloth, then STOP.

tonydewar 03-27-2012 03:28 AM

amen c3 oil it wipe off what you can then see if you can get an honest apprasel a parker may be worth some serious $.if you want to shoot it get it checked out and the right loads.

pawoodsman 04-01-2012 01:34 PM

C3shooter. I appreciate your comment, this is well beyond patina. Unfortunately this frirearm look li

pawoodsman 04-01-2012 01:38 PM

c3shooter. I appreciate your comment, this is well beyond patina. Unfortunately this firearm, the barrel has severe surface rust. What you would expect to see on a piece of steel left to the weather for many years

Skunkman37 04-01-2012 08:54 PM

I just came into possession of a side by side A.woodhill 10guage double barrel shot gun any one know any thing about them it looks way old??

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