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    Shotgun refurb?

    Hi guys, now the bird season is behind us I have some time to give the shot ty some tlc, it's an old browning super posed or b25 early 1930's which was the wife's grand fathers passed to me by her dad so although it's not worth much it is to us so I'd like to restore it as close to its former glory, the mechs are all good hads pins replaced tis season after a jam, so just after som tips on the aesthetic stuff, have read through this section and gleamed what ican was just looking for:

    Some good reading material on restoration/refurbs

    Some tips on materials/ products oils etc and the process really.

    Sorry for the naivity but green to this so any help welcome I'm handy enough just don't want to balls it up

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    How bad is it? That is a pretty nice old gun and there is nothing worse than seeing something like that ruined by someone trying to 'tidy' it up. Honest wear and tear always looks better in my opinion.
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    Looks like a job well done there initiaz, and thanks for the product link I intend to look at a few and good to have that in mind. Thanks for that,.

    Yeah good honesty call Shamus, has made me think a bit probably don't need to go hard on it just wanting to bring a bit of life back to the stock and definately needs a good re blue, also the recoil pad is split in a couple of places and scruffy, causes me no problem, will see if I can find a nice older style one that won 't change the character of the gun other wise I'll just leave it. Cheers

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    post up some pics of the stock (both sides)
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    Preserve it don't restore it! All those knocks an dings have history!
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    Boom, cough,cough,cough

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    It is quite possible to tidy it up without loosing its special significance. The stock work is not that hard to do but I would not recommend the bluing stuff that was mentioned above. It will look good if you do the job properly but it does not last and you will find that it wears badly.

    Great stuff if you want to make it look nice before selling it
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    Will do ebf I'm away till Sunday night

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    K, if it does not have a lot of checkering and/or carving type embellishment, you should be able to do quite a bit.

    Steaming helps a lot for the usual wear and tear type dents. Wet cloth and clothes iron does the trick.
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    although you could do quite a lot of work yourself,if you are without experience this is a big ask.as it is an early superposed and it needs rebluing why not take it to a professional and get an assessment and costs. i can recommend greg maniatis,maniatis gunsmiths, they are in ch.ch. google them.
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    This is something I struggle with . I like old guns and I have a few , the temptation is to "do em up " but I have learnt that unless you are going to go the whole hog your better off restraining yourself to a real good clean , and "going the whole hog " is a big , expensive step that will in all probability ruin the value of a classic....so you need to think beforeyou start .Some wear tells a story too, I have a couple of guns who's wear patterns leave no doubt as to how the ( possibly life long ) owner carried it
    Cleaning , I use supercheap auto degreaser ( like a small water blaster ) and very fine steel wool and a fine brass wire brush ( lightly ) on the metal .The wood , steaming out what dents you can then a polish with steel wool and good ole Birchwood casey true oil ( repeat 2-3 times ). Its surprizing how much better a gun can look with all the dried gunge removed from it, and a bit of an oil up.
    I have at the moment a Savage 99 , ....its a dog. The plan was to give it a bit of a hoozle up but upon receiving it I found I had been had. Stock shortened ( by a blind midget with a blunt chainsaw and a 77deg square ), but plate similarly trimmed to size, action sides showing deep vice marks , lever poorly welded , scope mount screw holes on rec obviously ( to the very naked eye ....even without glasses ) not even in a line let alone in the middle , barrel at breach end beaten with hammer in an attempt to rectify barrel thread wear ( take down model )..........so any idea of retaining originality is well dashed. So far I have got and fitted a stock and fore end , and started polishing everything else in prep for bluing.....but this thing looks real good polished in the white Im tempted to leave it like that .
    I guess , for me ,aesthetic wear should be cleaned and polished and "working " wear repaired. If your browning is a good working gun , give it a good clean and polish and make it your business to add to the patina... not remove it
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    A few pics as promised

    Heres a few pics of the old fella, (the shotgun), pretty alarming how the flash from the camera made the rust a lot more visible than the naked eye.
    As you can see the biggest concern is the crack in pic 3 although secure its been well glued back in the day could possibly need a little touch up/fill?
    Any feed back welcome

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    yes,the gun needs to be disassembled.metal parts soaked in kero and cleaned, polished carefully.once you have the butt and forend as wood only,apply paintstripper to remove old finish,once clean put wood into pot of slow boiling water for 5 minutes,this will take out most of your dents and scratches.that bad glue job on the forend will have to be looked at. if repairable,the old glue has to be removed,before regluing and clamping. if it is going to look bodgey,i would go online and buy another forend wood from usa. i would take receiver etc. into previously mentioned gunsmiths for examination and restoration.they will disassemble it for you,give advice, and probably there will be less damage.

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    That looks pretty much identical to my Miroku m10, which I spose isn't that surprizing

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    Mate I have refurbished shotguns far worse than that, in fact that looks good compared to some that have gone though my shed
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