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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-19-2011, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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This will bring tears to your eyes

So a friend/client of mine approached me today and told me that he inherited two guns and some "knives" about 5 years ago and he really didn't want them. He said I could come over and either have them or sell them...as we walked out to the shed, I prayed he didn't have them in there for the last 5 years......yep.......he did.

He started with the "knives". Turned out to be 2 samurai swords his grandfather brought back from Japan in WWII...both have broken handles now

Next was an old bayonet, the scabbard is rusty, but the blade was oiled and is gorgeous. anyone know that trademark on it?

Last the guns.......this is where the tears come in.....rusty dirty and just a mess, there sat a Remington 760 30-06 and a Savage 22over.410.

so.......if they were yours, what would you do? I should mention, they are much worse than they look...rust covers the entire blued areas and inside the actions....barrels themselves look clean inside, but that is about it.

sell them for a few hundred and move on
put in the elbow grease and clean em up
take them to a gun shop and pay for restoration?








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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-19-2011, 08:17 PM
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Re: This will bring tears to your eyes

If they are free have them reblued. I had a similar situation with a friend. A buddy he was in the Marine Corps with gave him his fathers AH Fox 12 ga. with two sets of barrels in a leg of mutton case. My friend put the case with the gun and barrels in it in the atic for a couple of years. When he brought it down everything was rusted, I could have cried when I saw them.



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Re: This will bring tears to your eyes

I would put in some elbow grease and see how they turn out. A true waste of fine items but perhaps you can salvage them.

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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-19-2011, 08:23 PM
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Re: This will bring tears to your eyes

I would try cleaning them up and see how it turns out. If they didn't come out to my liking, I'd get them reblued (especially the 760).
Try some kroil on them, it's pretty good stuff.

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Re: This will bring tears to your eyes

Ballistol/oil and #4 steel wool.

At this point, if the rust isnt to deep, and they were free, you can't lose.

Every day you see it on the news. Another felons life needlessly spared by inaccurate fire.

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Clean them babies up brother!!
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post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-19-2011, 08:55 PM
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Re: This will bring tears to your eyes

I'd try to fix them up that savage 22/410 is a pretty neet rifle i'd take it for tree rats

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Re: This will bring tears to your eyes

Not a doubt in my mind that I would use kroil and steel wool or Birchwood Casey rust and blue remover. I'd get them down to bare metal and either blue them myself or have someone do it.

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I'd do what I could do myself...Gunsmith restorations are not cheap, and may approach the value of the guns themselves.
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Here is the best rust remover available...

http://www.big45metalcleaner.com/

buy several.... you will not believe what they will do for those guns....good luck....
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