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Shotgun restoration

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by 954Ink, Nov 8, 2020.

  1. 954Ink

    954Ink Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 22, 2020
    Ahoy BF family. I recently got a lot of old guns. Several need tlc and restoration. One is ridiculous as it was left in a metal safe outside for 20 years. It's a Westernfield model 40n. I was able to remove the stock and get it to rack. The rust is insane. I did dive on Google and found lots of various techniques. I was hoping one of the many experienced members here could give me some tried and true advice. Thanks everyone for their input.
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  2. 3fifty7

    3fifty7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    I’d like to see pics of what you are working with and also what’s your end goal? How much time and money do you want to put into this project?
  3. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Use a flattened rifle spent cartridge as a scraper to knock off the rust. It won’t harm the guns finish. Sometimes a big rust spot is actually growing on top of the blued finish.

    after you scrape it with the brass cartridge, blow it out/off with a compressor. Then oil it and rub it with a rag.

    Good luck. I inherited a similar collection of water damaged guns. I got them all to work.
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  4. bdmicarta

    bdmicarta Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    For lesser rust you can do a similar thing with bronze wool and lots of oil. Careful rubbing with oil and bronze wool will take off the rust without damaging the finish. You can buy bronze wool in a good hardware store.
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  5. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    A old penny works to scrape as well.
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  6. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    I have a cousin to your shotgun. Eldest son used it to shoot some doves this morning. An old classic for sure.

    I hope you manage to get it back to safe working order.
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  7. 954Ink

    954Ink Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 22, 2020
    Thanks for everyone for their input. Sorry for the delay in response this week at work has been a nightmare.

    @3fifty7. Ill try upload some pictures. I'm willing to invest some time and a pinch of money. The shotgun doesn't have a lot of value but depending on how stubbornly deep into I get will determine my financial involvement.

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