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Re: 1873 Springfield Rifle
Posted by Ernie Brandt on Monday, 3 November 2008, at 9:02 p.m.
If you have not already removed the finish & ruined the value of your piece, clean it with WD40, wipe it dry, oil it with a good gun oil (Remington) & leave it be. I coat my collection with a mixture of gun oil & Silicone grease from ACE hardware. The oil with evaporate but the Silicone will protect the metal. Some guys use wax as a finish but it's too hard to clean up after.
Trying to refinish the piece will destroy the value.
If you are down to brite metal----Forget the above.
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