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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-04-2016, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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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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Don't touch it..worth more the old way !
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It's worth almost nothing now, it's covered in 100yo varnish and assorted crud. We had it appraised the last time I handled it, they wouldn't even give us a number of what it was worth. I figure <$100 as a wall ornament.


It's getting cleaned up, end of story. I just need the name of someone that would work on it.

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I have 2 breech loading hammer guns that I still use.The shells I use I bought about 10-15 yrs ago.Think they are 1 5/8" minishells #7 1/2 made by Aguila.

https://www.aguilaammo.com/shotshell/#minishell

Never tried them on Pheasants but works great on rabbits!
1 5/8" on left
2 3/4" middle
3" right
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I think I would shoot for a DIY project. Research some strippers (HEY stop that) and you will probably find one that wont touch the metal. Get the garbage off, and sand the stock with 600 grit. If the stain is gone, and you want it stained, then stain it and finish it with oil, My reference is Tung oil, Ref the stock refinish thread. https://www.huntingpa.com/forums/30-f...finishing.html

Like you said, it really isnt worth anything now. Some time into a good winter project and elbow grease will make it yours with a good history.

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