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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 04:13 AM Thread Starter
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pitting on shotgun barrel

was at an auction yesterday afternoon and they sold a 12 gauge Ithica shotgun, on the barrel and receiver it was pitted with rust .the wood looked good.my question is ,is there anyway you can clean the pitting off by yourself or should it be taken to a gunsmith to be done? the inside of the gun looked clean no pitting or other damage. isn`t Ithicas one of the named guns in America. I didn`t buy it just wondering on how it could be fixed or a good cleaning. thanks in advance
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It all depends on how deep the pits are. Sometimes you can remove metal around the pits without it being noticeable.
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thanks ,that what I was thinking
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thanks ,that what I was thinking
Fine Emory cloth and slow and careful work on the entire barrel and action, then a re blue.
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0000 steel wool and oil.It wont hurt the bluing but won't help deep pits.

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Frontier Pad

Go to big45.com to find information about this amazing pad. Removes rust you'd have sworn was pits and does not scratch blue or color case hardening. I have been using them with WD-40 for years on old doubles with amazing results. A few strands wrapped on a bore brush does miracles to leaded or plastic crusted bores as well.
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thanks JoeD, for the information, Ill check into it
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Tempted to try the Big 45 stuff.
Just bought a beater Auto 5 20 ga for rabbits.

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CD2, Let us know how it works and good luck
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A copper penny on edge is a great rust remover. Then hit it with copper remover to remove the residue left by the penny. That's for surface rust. Deep pitting takes chemicals.

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