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Re: Cleaning 1884 without damaging or modifying finish

Posted by KJ on Wednesday, 7 June 2017, at 4:55 p.m., in response to Re: Cleaning 1884 without damaging or modifying finish, posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 7 June 2017, at 4:29 p.m.

Yes, it's a mix of Murphy Oil Soap and warm water, sprayed on a rag, then rubbed on the stock. It's not enough to soak the gun, but the stock was moist in between applications and drying cycles. I toweled it off to visually dry, set it aside for a while, then toweled it again to dry.

I haven't taken the gun apart so far and am a little leery of the possibility of damaging the gun in the process. Though I am mindful of the tradeoff - cleaning the stock while the gun is disassembled would reduce concerns about moisture.

My general preference with any old gun is, I'd like it to look the way it looked when carried by a soldier in its heyday. Not factory new. I've asked a couple of times how dark these are "supposed" to look (by whatever standard someone would like to offer, such as what collectors look for, or how it came out of the arsenal) and haven't noticed any answers to that question, but when I look at pictures of trapdoors in good condition, they appear lighter than mine. Of course, that may simply be due to lighting in the photograph.

If anyone would like to see pictures of my rifle, let me know your email address and I'll send them - I can't figure out a way around the spam filter to post pictures here.


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