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johnfs 05-29-2013 08:46 PM

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my brother inlaw let me take arisaka rifle the stock is in one piece but it sat in attic from ww2 grease discolered bolt it has some rust on bottom of barrel on the outside inside of barrel looks ok given i looked at some prices 250 it worth more to us because of centimental value i gess taking it apart and dealing with rust and discolering and refinishing stock may be ok?

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c3shooter 05-29-2013 11:07 PM


may be ok?


Sorry, did not mean to yell- but NO. No more than you would polish a collector grade silver coin.

Get us some GOOD pics, in focus, and we can tell you more, but right now...


nitestalker 05-29-2013 11:13 PM

It appears to have had the "Chrysanthemum" crest ground off. These rifles were not battle field pick ups. They were rifles surrendered by the Emperor after the war.
As for clean up what C3 said.:)

johnfs 05-29-2013 11:47 PM

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ok hope these are better but the thing has brown coating on everything and the stock looks like original finnish is somehow pitted like it melted

johnfs 05-29-2013 11:50 PM

do you see the brown i would like to shoot it if the gun is only worth 250 why not clean it and the stock feels like sand finnish not supposed to is it?

MattShlock 05-29-2013 11:59 PM

It is taboo.

But I would probably gently clean it to remove the rust too. Like a paratrooper here that needs #100 grit...

johnfs 05-30-2013 12:05 AM

the gun was in attick what 60 yrs wraped in newspaper after it was covered in grease do you guys no of something i can clean the stock with rather than refinishing it some spots have newspaper tha has become one with the finnish

303tom 05-30-2013 04:23 AM

Take it all apart & scrub everything in a bucket of Naphtha.............

DrumJunkie 05-30-2013 04:38 AM


Originally Posted by 303tom (Post 1262054)
Take it all apart & scrub everything in a bucket of Naphtha.............

This about covers it. Anything else and you strip away the history along with the old finish. If it had done been sporterised to make it a deer gun or something then I might think different but that one is as it was in the day sans the flower. It might not be worth a mint today but it wont get any cheaper...Unless you refinish the stock or something,....

Bare in mind guns like that are priced as they are because there are a lot of them.But that changes every day. More and more get "improved", restored, bubba'd. The big thing is you can't get a new one. It's a living piece of history.

c3shooter 05-30-2013 08:51 AM

Re: Metal- Go to the grocery- in Housewares, find a COPPER Chore-boy pot scrubber. Do not get th cheaper copper plated steel. Remove action for stock, removed bolt from action. Wet with light oil, wrap it up (platic bag) let sit for a day. Wet chore-boy with more oil, rub lightly. Gun will take on a coppery hue. Wet with more oil, rub with clean cotton cloth. Coppery color will come off. Will remove dried oil, greease, light rust without hurting metal finish.

You CAN use gasoline, naptha, white spirit, Coleman lantern fluid- VERY flammable, we will NOT come visit you in burn ward at hospital.

Re: Wood. Finish sound like it is dead. DO NOT SAND IT. Get some Forby's Refinisher (Lowes, Home Depot, Menards) be careful, is very flammable. Follow directions, use in well ventilated area (outdoors)

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