best time cleaning a gun tonight...

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by apwvsd40ve, May 27, 2013.

  1. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    Now, I know this title may sound odd to some...but tonight I field stripped and cleaned a Winchester model 12 produced in 1947. I do not think it had ever been stripped and cleaned. I also don't remember a time that I enjoyed cleaning a shotgun so much. I have a mossberg 835 but cleaning this was alot different. The craftsmanship of this firearm is amazing. I will not be firing it much as it seEMS to have a cycling problem...but it is beautiful. It could use some restoration but I think I am going to leave it as is for now..it has a lot of character! For those interested in the specifics. Complete hoppes #9 and nylon brush to remove years of funk from the action. Removed the butt stock and cleaned the back of the receiver and the stock set screw of some minor corrosion. The action is as smooth as butter now.

    As for future on this one....I need some background on restoration. If I were to sand down imperfections on the but t stock and refinished...or was to have it reblued...would this hurt the value of this firearm? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
     
  2. Dearhunter

    Dearhunter Supporting Member Supporter

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    I have nights like that, but after this weekend, I am just to tired to do anything!!:D
     

  3. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    Big weekend here as well. I did not get to shoot this weekend..but this was just as theraputic :)
     
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  4. JohnJak

    JohnJak New Member

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    Leave it stock. Save your $$ to buy another gun.
     
  5. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Depending on condition etc. you're dealing with a $1200+ gun. If you improperly restore it you'll be holding a nicer looking $120 gun. Leave it alone.
    I had one in the shop and a collector came in. The stock had been professionally cut to shorten length of pull aside from that it was mint. The collector wasn't interested in the gun @ $900 just because of the alteration. He even said the price was great but not being 100% original he passed on it.
     
  6. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    I thought that was the case....it was not gently used in its day. It was my grandfathers...and he and his boys USED it. The butt stock is scratched up and finish wearing off of the bottom...the receiver has some mild corrosion, and the bluing has faded significantly around the action and base of the barrel and mag tube...hence the reason for my question..lol. With that said, I would not hesitate to shoot this shotgun.. But wondered if restoration to improve appearence would ruin value. Thank you for the info!!!