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A little orphan followed me home

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Blanco, Mar 19, 2012.

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  1. Blanco

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    This is the 4th gun This year I have found like this one. Picked it up for a song from a fellow who inherited it but couldn't shoot it.
    It will need a bit of work as the stock was shortened for a shortly & portly.
    The wood is a bit beat up and the metal will need a refinish. It will only ever just be a shooter so I think a fresh layer of Cerakote will give it a needed facelift.
    It is an older model Charles Daly / Miroku with some interesting features that I have never seen on their guns before... Possibly an older model?

    Right now Strip and Clean.....

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  2. hang fire

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    Should make for a fast handling scattergun.
     
  3. BBBBill

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    Nice! I wish that I could stumble up on a deal for one of those.
     
  4. Blanco

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    I fugure it's a combination of things ... Luck is the biggest factor.
    Some people are letting go of things they don't need, in exchange for money. I just keep a bit of cash on hand to be able to move quickly. I also look for the guns that have cosmetic issues, but are easily fixed
     
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    Miroku made guns for Browning. It will be a good one.
     
  6. Blanco

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    Although I am no expert ... I am pretty familiar with Miroku and Browning shotguns.
    This particular gun must be a very early example. The locking mechanism is a bit different and instead of individual ejectors it has a horizontal 1 piece hourglass shaped lifter. Very interesting, I am making an assumption here, but I think this gun might possibly be from the late 60's to early 70's
    I would have to tap the knowledge of those who know more than myself.
    Not that it means anything in particular, just kicks me in the curiousity.
     
  7. Blanco

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    Been busy giving the old girl a facelift.

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    Then a soothing oil bath and massage.

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    lookin good !!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I love these kind of projects!!!!
     
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    How did you go about stripping that stock/forearm?
     
  11. Blanco

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    I used a product called Citristrip. it is an orange brush on gel. I picked mine up in Wal-Mart. Brush on -- wait about 3 hours, hen I used a plastic windshield scraper. It will take several applications. Just neutralise with water. Use a tooth brush or small brass bristle brush for the checkering. Lots of elbow grease!!!
     
  12. Blanco

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    I have been pretty busy with this project in my spare time. I completely stripped this gun of all finish. It had a bunch of dried clay packed in various areas took a bit of elbow grease, but it finally came clean. Many coats of Minwax antique oil finish to the wood and a fresh cerakoteing to make it look fresh. Really happy with the way it came out.

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    As you can see i fixed the length problem with a 1 inch piece of aluminum and a nice new Kick-eez pad. The wood looks fantastic.
     
  13. Blanco

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    Something I almost forgot...
    This gun is somewhat unique and possibly a Miroku / Charles Daly expert would know???
    This is the only gun of it's type I have ever seen. Not that I have seen a bunch ... But I have seen a few. This gun has a 1 piece horizontal (hourglass) extractor. also it only has a 2 position safety, no barrel select on this model. Just not one I have seen before.
     
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    That is a beautifully contoured pistol grip on there.
     
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    Nice job. I also love the POW grip. What's it choked?
     
  16. Blanco

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    I think it is IC/ Mod.... I will need to look at it again.
    I need to take it out and shoot some sporting clays or 5 stand.
     
  17. ladytech777

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    Beautiful work on the refinish. To extend a few short stocks I've owned I used alternating colors
    of plexiglass- black&white 1/4" thickness. I bolt them together, do the initial cut on a band saw
    and finish with a belt sander to size it to stock and then a decent buttpad.
     
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    >>>
    This gun has a 1 piece horizontal (hourglass) extractor. also it only has a 2 position safety, no barrel select on this model.
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    My Dad gave me his old Miroku he bought on base in Germany in '68 right before I was born. $125. Hourglass extractor, 2 position safety with no barrel select, POW stock but this has fancy tiger striped maple, gold plated trigger etc. Red plastic recoil pad (in need of replacement).

    Great shotgun, ruined me for pump/autos in the field. My FIL had a Browning Superposed that was the obvious target of the Miroku knockoff, might have been a Citori made by Miroku but never cared enough to check. Got stolen this summer.....

    I got the old Miroku after we gave my Dad an LC Smith Italian O/U for his birthday, a case hardened beauty with the best trigger I've ever seen on a shotgun.

    You picked up a sweet hunting shotgun, in my opinion. Your work on it is definitely worthwhile.

    Regards,
    Brian in CA
     
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