Looking for a firearms restorer or gunsmith in PA
The posts that 410'er is posting with all his blackpowder guns got me interested. I'm not certain that I would want to buy one just yet. But it got me on a train of thought that I can't seem to get off.
My dad still has my great granddad's Remington 1889 double. Hey, I could get this operational. Yes, it is likely a Damascus barrel and can only shoot BP. Yes, it probably can only shoot 2.5" shells. I'll get me some brass cases and load them with BP. The trouble I see is the way it was taken care of.
The family lore is that as he was getting older rather than cleaning the gun all the time granddad thought it was a good idea to varnish it. And I mean the whole thing. Wood, metal, anything that might rust. The hammers are so "goo'd" up they barely pull back or contact the firing pins. It still breaks open, after some serious grunting. The bores as I recall are in good shape, but it has been 10-15 years since I even picked it up. I'd have to go over it once more to verify the exact condition.
So going down this road I'm thinking about consulting a competent smith or restorer about taking it apart and "cleaning" the varnish from all the metal parts. I don't want it to showroom condition, just functional. I just can't find any listed anywhere and the guys in my area don't work on shotguns. Can anyone help me out with some names?
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