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To re-finish or not?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Dustin0104, Feb 9, 2017.

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  1. Dustin0104

    Dustin0104 Member

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    Found a '51 Remington wingmaster 20 gauge, it's in pretty nice shape with a few dings in the wood. What's your opinion, leave it alone or shine it up?



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  2. MosinT53Hunter

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    I like it the way it is. Nice blueing with a hint of patina. They don't make them like they used to....
     
  3. bannockburn

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    Clean up-Yes. Refinish-No. Nice vintage shotgun that still looks to be in decent shape just the way it is.
     
  4. gotmine

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    Nice. Clean and shoot.
     
  5. ColtPythonElite

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    Absolutely not....you can steam the dings out with wet cloth and iron. Clean the rust off with 0000 steel wool and plenty of oil.
     
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    Shoot the stuffing out of it. I wouldn't bother with the the finish, so much, even if it had sentimental value. Not a bad Idea to clean it even though it doesn't look like it's been shot much.
     
  7. slumlord44

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    I would clean the wood. Feed & Wax may do it or I also use TruOil and 0000 steel wool followed up with Feed &Wax. No need to re finish.
     
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    Pretty, just clean it up and shoot it. Looks like it has exceptional wood on it underneath years of grunge buildup. Take your time and enjoy it.
     
  9. Dustin0104

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    Alright guys, it's unanimous. I'll give it a good scrub and leave it alone. It has a one of the nicest stocks I've ever seen on a Remington old or new.
     
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  10. PapaG

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    Clean, don't refinish. That said, not a ton of collector value. If you refinish, use care and don't deface or obliterate markings, use compatible finishes and get help on the receiver...they are a bear to blue.
     
  11. sonora

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    Nice just the way it is.
     
  12. paulsj

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    I would do what pleases you. Persinally I would leave as is. This is early one with matted barrel top. Nice guns the only thing is to wipe with oily rag or silicone rag on regular bases as those old ones rust more easily than new ones.
     
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