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Re: Cleaning 1884 without damaging or modifying finish

Posted by KJ on Wednesday, 7 June 2017, at 11:13 p.m., in response to Re: Cleaning 1884 without damaging or modifying finish, posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 7 June 2017, at 8:41 p.m.

Thanks. There is a little chip just in front of the right side plate (forgive me, I don't know the terminology, I mean the plate with eagle and Springfield). Not added by me. But it's small, size of a pencil eraser or so. Otherwise, I've noticed no flaws.

I have not shot the rifle yet but I plan to do so.

Responding to other questions and comments here vs posting three different replies to different people...

I didn't use linseed oil because I thought that might simply add to the buildup that makes the rifle black. I think it has plenty of (old) linseed oil on it already. I didn't use lemon oil because I worried how it would affect the metal. I didn't use RemOil on the metal because I plan to shoot black powder, and as a general rule in my other black powder guns, I don't use petroleum products. And in googling, I saw positive characteristics mentioned for diluted Murphy Soap Oil for use on antique wood, and I figured the small amount of water I'd be using (followed by wiping dry) would create low risk for the metal.

I am not saying these are good choices, just, that's the train of logic I followed. I appreciate all suggestions and will bear them in mind going forward.

And while I don't know exactly what was coming off the rifle, I can attest to 16 square feet of rag covered in brown stuff, with 10 minutes of polishing. And I THINK the rifle shows more grain and color now, although the difference, if there really is one and I'm not fooling myself, is subtle.


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