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Hope nobody here uses their O/U shotgun as a paddle, especially in salt water!

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Picher, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. Picher

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    Somebody referred the new owner of this "gifted" shotgun to me for restoration. PC180001.JPG
     

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  2. Picher

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    After considerable work: PC220018.JPG PC220019.JPG PC220020.JPG PC220021.JPG
     
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  3. Picher

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    Bear in mind that I'm not a full-time gunsmith and that I'm self-taught. These nice folks paid me a "token" amount for my labor and materials.
     
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    Browning salt wood?
     
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    You did a great job. what brand is that. I have an older browning that looks similar
     
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    That is what I guessed, too
     
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    Great restoration! You do some mighty fine work for someone who is self-taught!
     
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    I envy your skill. I can only wish to ever achive something like that. Nice work!
     
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  9. Picher

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    It's a Winchester 101.
     
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  10. George P

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    That's what it looks like to me. Brownings from the late 60s to the early 70s are notorious for salt wood causing those exact symptoms.

    Sure looks like a Belgian Browning to me
     
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  11. Picher

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    I'd never heard about "Salt Guns", so looked it up and that's truly what it was...a malady of a certain run of Brownings, Winchesters, and Weatherbys of a specific period. That's a good reason to check those guns you put away in a closet or basement and rarely looked at. It's apparently preventable with careful maintenance.
     
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    I KNEW it! I guessed it might be a 101 from the first picture where it shows the barrel-selector/safety latch. I just sold my Win 101 to a good friend.

    Nice work Picher. If you're like me, sometimes it feels good just to know you saved a patient like that one!
     
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  13. Picher

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    Darned right it feels good. That gun has a lot of history with both my son and myself. There's a #8 birdshot imbedded in the right side of the buttstock near the pistol grip, where I hit it when we were hunting and got separated. I thought he was about a 100 yards ahead, as I had made a deviation in travel to look over a grouse "hot-spot" and was going back toward the two other guys when a bird flushed. I fired and one pellet hit the back of his right hand and another was a little more than half-way imbedded in the buttstock. He didn't let me remove it and still carries the pellet in the web of his right hand. It serves as a good reminder that we need to not shoot low unless we know where everyone is, including the dogs. (It's been over 20 years and have had no more incidences.)
     
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  14. DukeConnor

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    unfortunately I was on the receiving end in a similar circumstance. I have carried the memory in my right calf for 40 years.
     
  15. Picher

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    Anyone know the origins of the "salt wood"? Where did it come from?
     
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    Salt wood came about as a way to dry wood stock blanks in a much shorter time frame than just air drying - which could take months if not years. Unfortunately, when the salt wasn't completely removed, the salt would corrode the metal in contact with the wood.
     
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    You've got to seal the bare wood on the inside of the stock to minimize future rusting, especially where it contacts metal. Put a few coats of linseed oil or some other sealant/coating on the inside of the stock and forearm and the rust should not return.
     
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  19. Picher

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    I don't have the gun and lost contact with the owners, but believe I did coat the inside of the stock with either Acraglas or stock finish.
     
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    You sir, are a magician. I bow to you and your skills.
     
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    Yup , a MUST to steam inside stock with hot water a few rinses , let dry, and then some sort of synthetic sealer (like ureathane) blending the inside sealer with the outside as much original finish as you can save. I did it to my Browning superposed Lightning and an A-5 Lightning and a SA22 .
     
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