Guns that were in a house fire.

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  1. BILLYBOB44

    BILLYBOB44 New Member

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    :eek:I acquired some long guns that were in a house fire a few years ago. I am in the process of removing the rust by the electrolysis rust removal system. My question is, what to do with the wood. Hardly any burn marks, but all the wood has that dried, brittle look, and feel. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. S.Bear,you, and Ruger Mike, I really look toward advise on this topic. Thanks in advance.:):confused::)
     
  2. rifleman1

    rifleman1 New Member

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    check out this website they have some guns that went through a fire they restored, not real sure what they did but they look good it might give you some tips HOME PAGE
     

  3. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    You'll have to strip it down all the way to bare wood 1st. DON'T get "happy" with the sandpaper to start with-use stripper. I'd use Certistrip from Brownells. You might have to repeat the process 2-3 times to get ALL the finish off. Try to not sand the checkering as it'll then be flattened & need touching up. CAREFULLY sand the majority of the burnt marks off. Don't try to go too deep or you'll have a sunken in place. Minor burn marks will become less noticeable once you fill the grain & stain it in preparation to refinishing. A couple very minor burn marks will give the stock character. Are you wanting to hand rub finish or spray on? Let me know so I can help you with the finish part.
     
  4. BILLYBOB44

    BILLYBOB44 New Member

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    Thanks all for the info-Keep it comming!!

    Thanks for the info. Bear, when I get to working the wood, I would like to hand rub.-probably Tung Oil??-Not sure==help me out.:) This is the thing: I got 10 long guns on this package deal. I think I can save 1/2 to 3/4 of them?? Figure it will make for some good winter projects.:confused:
     
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Very rough rule of thumb I was taught by a smith I deeply respected- if there is a burn mark on the wood anywhere close to the action, the heat treatment and temper of steel is in question- and the answer to the question is DON'T.
     
  6. BigByrd47119

    BigByrd47119 New Member

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    Perhaps what we need are some pictures? They couldnt hurt anyways.

    I agree with SBear on the idea of leaving some of the burn marks in the wood. I imagine it would make for a very unique looking firearm. :D
     
  7. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    get rid of the stocks and get new ones. you can get unfinished laminate wood stock sform Richards for as little as $79.