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Re: 1873 Rifle SN 46974

Posted by John Gross on Friday, 5 November 2010, at 1:31 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 Rifle SN 46974, posted by JasonZ in MO on Thursday, 4 November 2010, at 4:01 p.m.

First, your question about steel wool and how do you know when to stop. Answer, when you start to wear the blue/brown finish off and shiny metal begins to show!! Of course, you need to stop BEFORE this happens. Only light to moderate pressure should be used, such as the pressure you would use when applying wax to your car.

As to the stock, if it was coated with varnish you would see it as the stock will be quite bright and glossy. If the wood is just dark, then it has acquired this color from being exposed to smoke, sun, rain, hands, grease, etc., for 100+ years. Trying to make it light ain't going to happen unless you sand it, WHICH YOU DO NOT WANT TO DO. The steps you have taken on the stock have already cleaned it. What remains is the patina and should be left alone.

John Gross


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