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Posted by Steve on Friday, 29 July 2011, at 2:16 p.m., in response to Re: H&R OFFICERS MODEL SERIAL DATE?, posted by Steve on Saturday, 23 July 2011, at 9:14 p.m.

OK Guys, you convinced me not to install a sling. As for the finish, I can only tell you, trust me. The barrel was really bad, and polishing it to be in the white at most didn't hurt anything. If you saw the previous owners attempts to "Brillo" off the rust, I guarantee you would agree with me. You might not agree about my next move as far as polishing off the case hardening, but I still like it better than the 2 tone I ended up with after removing the barrel blue. Did the original OM's have color case hardening like the H&R's, or were they blued? And did the stocks have some sort of gloss finish like the H&R's or was it just an upgrade in wood quality with an oil finish? I guess I'm thinking that if I could find someone who could do a nice job and I could afford it, I would eventually think about having it reblued if that would be consistent with an original finish. The fact is that the original H&R finish is gone forever, so do I just finish it any way I want, or attempt to restore it to something similar to what an original would have been like regarding finish? As an aside I just want to say that if it were an original I would never think of doing anything other than clean and restore whatever original finish was left on it. And even a reproduction like the H&R, if the finish hadn't already been severely damaged, I would still have left it as the factory made it. I was about 17 years old when H&R came out with the trapdoors, and I have always wanted one since that time, and never with the thought of changing the factory finish. But this is the only time I've come across one that I could afford. As a trade for a couple of other pieces I had, I managed to get it for about $425. or so. So at that price I took what I could get which was less than factory perfect, and made it as nice as I thought I could given the condition it was in. So I got a gun I always wanted, even though it's less than perfect. I just hope the action doesn't open when I shoot it. Thanks again for your input!


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