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Re: How To Tell If My 1873 Trap Door Can Actually Be Fired
Posted by Ernie Brandt on Saturday, 10 October 2009, at 9:35 p.m., in response to Re: How To Tell If My 1873 Trap Door Can Actually Be Fired, posted by Ted on Saturday, 10 October 2009, at 7:12 p.m.
Wire brush & solvent. Add a lot of Elbow grease. The worst of the rust will clean up fast. Getting the barrel to shine will take some work. Use a Brass or Stainless brush. Follow with Soft cotton patches soaked in Solvent. Check the condition of the bore. If the bore looks bad after the scrubbing, the damage will not go away. If the lands & grooves look good & there is some pitting left don't sweat that too much.
As to whether the weapon is a "shooter", take it to a licensed Gunsmith & have it checked over.
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