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Re: 1873 Trapdoor to clean or not to clean
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 27 August 2010, at 8:22 p.m., in response to 1873 Trapdoor to clean or not to clean, posted by Mike Dorsey on Friday, 27 August 2010, at 3:56 p.m.
I think the very idea that you have a "feeling" about the answer to your question, speaks volumes.
In my opinion, there are definite limits which should not be exceeded.
Active red rust may be removed with 0000 steel wool and oil, and filth can be removed from wood with hot soapy water, followed by a THOROUGH drying and lemon-oiling. So far as I'm concerned - in most cases - that's about it. The chances are much greater that you will lower (perhaps drastically) rather than enhance the value, by doing anything more.
There are those who say: "it's MINE and I'll do what I damn well please." To them I say, "no, it really isn't - the rifle has already - somehow - survived several generations of "owners" and can well last ANOTHER several, unless some idiot screws it up."
Now go do the right thing!
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