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Re: Forager from my grandfather
Posted by Ernie Brandt on Thursday, 29 January 2009, at 9:30 p.m., in response to Re: Forager from my grandfather, posted by John on Thursday, 29 January 2009, at 8:08 p.m.
Hold on Guys
If you truly have a SA Forager, do not try to "restore" it.
The old timers would lacquer their weapons to protect them from wear & rust. It was a cheap process to seal the wood & preserve the finish of the metal. Didn't look all that good but it works.
Just make sure the rifle is safe to shoot if that is what you intend to do. Find a place to shoot it & have some fun. Then clean & oil the piece & store it in a safe dry place. Your Grand children will thank you for leaving them a piece of history to inherit.
I would not try to remove ANY finish from the weapon unless you have done this many times before.
I "cleaned" & "restored" a historic military piece years ago & ruined the value of the weapon. I have been restoring military weapons for some years now & have learned the hard way when to restore & when to just clean them up & preserve them.
If you want to get oil into the wood disassemble the piece & pour you furniture oil in the barrel groove, side plate cutout, butte plate screw holes, & along the rod groove. You cannot over oil the stock. The old wood will suck it up. I use Formby's penetrating furniture oil. Good stuff!
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