Last week I got some great help in identifying my Browning 243 and one of you mentioned salt in the stock and that I should remove the barrel and check for corrision. I didn't give that comment much attention until today when I was cleaning the gun. The bakolite butt plate is deterioated and it looked like there were some little bits of white showing towards the butt of the stock, The Browning has spent it entire life standing up. Now I am concerned. I looked about removing the stock and the floor plate looks easy enough with regular screw heads, but there are two rececessed round with two small holes items opposing each other on the stock that I'm sure would have to be removed. Some comment and help would be appreciated.
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January 21, 2013, 07:42 PM
Having a Browning "salt cured" stock is shockingly obvious once the action is removed from the stock and sometimes without even removing it.
Look at it this way... If you think it might be, it isn't - they're that horribly obvious in their corrosion.
Wear, age, trapped past moisture and neglect are nothing like the effect of these stocks on the metal.