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Re: cleaning and preserving m1866
Posted by Ernie on Saturday, 7 January 2012, at 10:03 p.m., in response to cleaning and preserving m1866, posted by Charles Minetree on Saturday, 7 January 2012, at 6:56 p.m.
Ask 100 guys how they clean & preserve their Antique weapons & you will get 101 different answers.
The guys here will tell you NOT to get too excited about "cleaning" you Trapdoor.
DO NOT rub the metal with any abrasives of any kind. I use only Stainless Steel Wool that is sold specifically for firearms restoration. DO NOT use regular Steel Wool unless you are planing to re-blue the piece. The wool should be wet with oil when you use it on the metal. Check the web for the Stainless wool suppliers. I get mine from a guy at the local Gun Show.
If the rifle looks good enough as is just oil it & enjoy it. There are unnumbered products on the market to protect the metal parts. The only long lasting process is to wax the metal parts. This will do the job but it's a bear to get off.
O.K. guys, jump in here.
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