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    I wish Bubba, the Gun Noid and the Artful Stock Carver would be caught and be sentenced to have their hands mashed in a vice with a cheater bar. Last seen headed SW in a puke colored YUGO.

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    It is your rifle, do as you choose. But since you asked, there is no way on God's green Earth I would in any way alter or change the finish of that stunningly beautiful rifle. You can't apply a finish to make it any better than what it is right now. That is a beautiful finish, earned through years of use and passing time. Just say NO!

    Sorry for my beating around the bush and the vagueness of my reply

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawlerbrook View Post
    Luckily, I love the looks and character of old, well used guns. Unless something has been abused or bubba’ed , I like to keep them as original. I have actually modified more new or newer guns than old, vintage ones. But I do agree, it’s your gun to do as you see fit. I do wish that all shade tree gunsmiths would live by Dirty Harry’s words....a man’s gotta know his limitations.
    Some people do ridiculous stuff sadly. Goes for alot of things in life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bisleyfan41 View Post
    It is your rifle, do as you choose. But since you asked, there is no way on God's green Earth I would in any way alter or change the finish of that stunningly beautiful rifle. You can't apply a finish to make it any better than what it is right now. That is a beautiful finish, earned through years of use and passing time. Just say NO!

    Sorry for my beating around the bush and the vagueness of my reply
    Thats not the original finish. I made it like that on purpose. Gun looked pretty bad before.

    Here are pictures of rust that had been reduced a few years ago. I got tired of the remaining pits and rust eating the rifle. When AI got the rifle, It was terrible.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeJames View Post
    I just heard the other shoe drop. Counselor you have just moved for a summary judgment and it is granted.
    Alrighty then.

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    They're only original once. After that, anything other than a professional restoration, it simply becomes an altered rifle. Alter away...
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    Any modification other than the way it was originally manufactured makes it an altered weapon. Any restoration including a “Professional restoration” makes it an alerted weapon.
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    It has some good look to it. A man and his rifle they are one in the same....a reflection of your self. Utility and function it’s your rifle do with it as you please. To some of us a rifle is more than just a value in dollars and cents. I own some nice guns I make them mine and I shoot them. Those who criticize this are way to materialistic. In reality investing in guns is a joke unless you have the rarest of rare you (will) can make much more in the market even today.

    I like it but I would brown it more to a deeper rich looking brown and get rid of the streaks.

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    I do not run a museum so will alter a rifle on occasion. As to deepening the brown, check with a muzzle loading supply. I used Laurel Mountain Forge with good results.

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    I remember the pics of that rifle when he got it. It had absolutely no value and is amazing that it looks as nice as it does now. This has nothing to do with altering a collector grade rifle and everything to do with rescuing a pile of rust. I am hugely impressed. But I'd still deepen the brown!

    Did you end up replacing the hammer or did you rescue it?
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    Well boys... I couldnt look at it anymore. I had to darken the brown.
    THIS IS IT! THIS IS THE COLOR I WANTED. Looks alot better to me.



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    Looks very nice. I guncoated a 50’s Belgium Auto 5 because it had heavy rust pitting and also refinished the stock/forend for better weather resistance. With a new spring kit she is now an excellent functioning, fine looking shotgun that I am not afraid to take out in the weather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by No_1 View Post
    Looks very nice. I guncoated a 50’s Belgium Auto 5 because it had heavy rust pitting and also refinished the stock/forend for better weather resistance. With a new spring kit she is now an excellent functioning, fine looking shotgun that I am not afraid to take out in the weather.
    Nice, get them out where they belong. Outside!

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    I saw the original pics you offered, That rifle was dead,or dieing. I commend you for salvaging that old piece! I would own it.
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    YES! That's the color I was imagining as well. Very well done.
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    Thanks for the encouraging words. I didnt want to let it die or just let it be eaten over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 45workhorse View Post
    IF, it where mine I would keep clean, oiled, and fed a steady diet of cast bullets. Would not change a thing, just me.
    ^^^^^^^^^^
    It's beautiful...what he said!

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    It looks great, Kev18! Now brown that tang sight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas by God View Post
    It looks great, Kev18! Now brown that tang sight
    Yeah, I thought about it. I just wasnt sure about how it would affect the light reflection. I didnt want it to mess up the sight picture. I should do it tho because its starting to rust already.

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