GUN Restoring a civil war rifle

Discussion in 'On Topic' started by Klepto, Apr 5, 2004.

  1. Klepto

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    I got a rifle from my dad's old friend. It has been out in his garage for the last few years and there is quite a bit of rust all over it. Other than that it seems pretty sound, it was last fired around 5 years ago, I think.

    Is it ok to clean off the rust with a bit of steel wool? and can I put some linseed oil on the stock? Plus, how would I clean out the barrel? Or should I just try to send this to a gunsmith? I would prefer to clean it up myself :dunno:

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  2. Klepto

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    Oh, it's a Colt made Special Model 1861
     
  3. TwoGuns

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    Find a professional antique firearms dealer and ask him. Don't do anything to it, you may destroy it and/or make it worth nothing.
     
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    I have to agree, restoring antique firearms tends to lower their value. I'd do what TwoGuns suggested and find an antique firearms dealer and let them look at it.
     
  5. Jago

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    shouldn't have sprayed WD40 on it. :mamoru:
     
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  7. Klepto

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    Well by restore, I dont mean like replace all the parts or anything, I just wanna get the main rust off of it.
     

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