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1873 Trapdoor to clean or not to clean

Posted by Mike Dorsey on Friday, 27 August 2010, at 3:56 p.m.

To you collectors, my question, and I think I can guess your answer, is there any amount of cleaning (polishing)of the metal, to remove that time accumulated rust (for lack of a better word)that might enhance the rifles condition? Same question regarding the stock, is there any amount of fine sanding that would or could enhance the firearms over all condition and if so what method of finish? Regarding the bore, is there any procedure to improve the bore, like honing, to bring the old rifle back to a better condition.

Thanks for your opinion! Mike Dorsey


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