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Re: I think I just inherited a Springfield Trapdoor
Posted by Ernie Brandt on Sunday, 16 January 2011, at 10:55 p.m., in response to I think I just inherited a Springfield Trapdoor, posted by Bill Corn on Sunday, 16 January 2011, at 9:51 p.m.
I saw a trapdoor in a shop last year that was made into a lamp also. They wanted a couple hundred for it & I almost bought it.
I assume you do not intend to try to shoot this TD. Right?????
If the rifle is that rusty AND you want to make it look presentably, don't worry about the original finish. It will be gone by now. Get some Rust & Blue remover, Stainless Steel wool, 180, 220, 320 grit water proof sand paper, Rubber gloves, face mask, eye protection, Hank Williams CD's, & go to work.
Automotive rust remover & low heat from a propane torch will do the job on the rusted breech block. The pin will have to be driven out. A hollow ground punch is best for this. They are easy to make & come in handy.
You don't intend to fire it, right????
After you have the metal rust free you can reblue/blacken with any of the products on the market. The Casey's brand will generally give a better "dark" color on these rifles. Something about the metal lends itself to a "blackish" color. Rinse with hot water between coats. I sometimes heat the metal before coats of bluing.
Have fun, but be safe!
You don't intend to fire it, Right???
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