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Cleaning/polishing of 1873 complete, finally!
Posted by Cary Meyers on Thursday, 17 February 2011, at 12:00 p.m.
I finally completed the 1873, ~250,000 range. I had it stripped down to each part except for the barrel springs, ramrod stop, and foreend cap. My only casualties were a rear sight screw thread as addressed previously, hammer screw (useable, but I got a nice replacement, and I decided to replace the slider screws on the rear sight which was frozen with rust. The gun looked rough when I received it with numerous areas of dirt/rust, especially where the barrel met the stock. Once I dis-assembled the major components, I was pleased with the componets hidden by the stock ,etc. Everything cleaned up very nicely with Flitz and gentle work with a scotch-brite pad as needed. I also had to knock out a bunch of junk from the ramrod hole near the trigger guard to get it to seat properly. I cleaned the stock with acetone and followed that with a coat of tung oil. Once everything was together, I put a coat of wax on the exterior surfaces. The barrel is as smooth as a baby's behind. I will post pic on THR unless there is a better forum as soon as I can. I also acquired Ultramax 405 grain lead soft point ammo. We'll have to see how it shoots soon.
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