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Cleaningman old rusty S&W

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by normshapiro, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. normshapiro

    normshapiro Loaded Pockets

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    I've been given an old S&W 38 medium frame. Almost all of the metal has a light layer of rust on it. It seems to work OK. I'd like to try and clean it up myself. What should I use on it?
     
  2. swany66675
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    Take it to a gun smith, have them make sure it is safe to operate and get an appraisal. The quickest way to devalue an antique firearm is to try to refinish it. I would then go to 1911 forums and ask the question under the gunsmithing topic they have a number of very talented smiths there that are great about answering questions. Here's a link to where they they sell everything you need. http://www.brownells.com/

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  3. Ross Thompson
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    Ross Thompson Loaded Pockets

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    Gun oil, frog lube, soft bristle brush, pactients, nothing too aggressive.

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    I like to use 0000 steel wool, it does not scratch and takes off most rust with a lot of elbow grease.
     
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    Stop. First find out exactly what Smith & Wesson it is. They can be worth a lot of money. If it is just a standard old Model 10 or the like, then gently clean with oil and steel wool. Steel wool will remove finish if you scrub hard.
     
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    What they said! First make sure you're not destroying a potentially valuable collectable. Have it safety and function checked by a knowledgeable gunsmith. Then many many hours of work with good oil and a toothbrush and 4-0 steel wool.

    Would love to see some before and after pics! :D
     
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    swany66675 Loaded Pockets

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    +1 for the before and after pics.

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    And miles to go before I sleep,
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  8. lentuk

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    Yes, what is it? Should have asked that first.
     
  9. gooseman1991

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    As others have said you might want to check the value of it before doing anything yourself. What I am sharing with you now is what I have done and you may proceed at YOUR OWN RISK. In my own experience with my own firearms though, some Rem Oil and an old t-shirt does wonders by itself. It may need something more aggressive but to me that is the best start. If I don't have to do any wire brush scrubbing then I prefer not to.

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