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Old 07-29-2012, 03:28 PM   #1
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Would like some opinions on cleaning and displaying my Great Granddad's Remington model 6 .22? The stock is loose and the screw that holds it is rusted bad. I have cleaned the bore and did shoot it one time. The bore took awhile to clean and make look good again. I really just want to make it look as good as I can and display it. It has some pitting so I believe the collector value is not as good as it could be.
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:18 PM   #2
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I think you should display it as is. That gun has some real history and is a family heirloom.

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i agree. display it as is. get a piece of rustic looking board , like from and old barn, add some nice looking brass hooks that are made to hold a rifle and mount in on the wall and enjoy it.

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I am worried about further damage due to rust. Is there something I can do to stop it from rusting more without harming the history?

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I am worried about further damage due to rust. Is there something I can do to stop it from rusting more without harming the history?
just keep it oiled like any other firearm from time to time. take it down, wipe it down with a good gun oil and put it back.
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CLP makes a good cleaner/lube/ protectant- use a soft cloth to wipe down metal. You can use a bit of linseed oil on a cloth for the stock- or Birchwood-Casey Tru Oil (be careful- oily cloth can catch fire) Treat the rifle GENTLY- do not be scrubbing it up to look like a new penny.

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I took my grandfather's 1873 Springfield rifle and refinished the wood, cleaned up the metal and treated it with Eezox, bought a replica sling and cleaning rod, plus an original bayonet, and then mounted it all on the wall using brass holders. Looks great and gets lots of positive comments. Family heirlooms should be displayed!

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As it is stated in the quote, display it as it is, but put a light coat of oil on the metal, seal the wood with a little bit of linseed oil and nothing else. That rifle, in its present condition, has more value than you would get if it was ever sold.

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I took my grandfather's 1873 Springfield rifle and refinished the wood, cleaned up the metal and treated it with Eezox, bought a replica sling and cleaning rod, plus an original bayonet, and then mounted it all on the wall using brass holders. Looks great and gets lots of positive comments. Family heirlooms should be displayed!

You just cut the value by half. May look nice but ain't worth Diddley. .
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I have collected, shot and delt in antique firarms for over 4 decades now. A refinished gun is an abomination to antique gun collectors. When a gun is refinished the entire history of the gun is FOREVER gone. The world is chock full of shiny guns with no caractor. What the world is in short supply of, is guns with caractor. Every dent, ding, and rub are this guns history and a testament to your grandfathers useage. I disagree with adding linseed oil to the stock. There are other ways to preserve wood without adding finish. Also remember that this gun was not built to withstand the pressures of modern hi speed ammo, use only standard velocity ammo to reduce wear.

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