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#4689356 - 03/09/18 07:10 AM How to clean an antique shotgun stock?
Ed_Flecko Offline


Registered: 12/01/14
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Loc: California
I have a Winchester Model 12 manufactured in 1923 that I inherited.

I'd like to clean the stock to reveal the beauty of the wood without ruining the value of the gun.

Suggestions on how to properly/safely clean the stock?

Thank you!

Ed

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#4689363 - 03/09/18 07:34 AM Re: How to clean an antique shotgun stock? [Re: Ed_Flecko]
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Registered: 12/12/08
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I have a couple almost 100 year old guns that I inherited. They were stored poorly in a humid basement. I only wiped them down with WD-40 and called it good. A lot of the surface rust came off the barrels and gunk off the stocks anything more and I fear I would ruin the patina and history.
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#4689382 - 03/09/18 08:11 AM Re: How to clean an antique shotgun stock? [Re: Ed_Flecko]
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Registered: 08/11/11
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Loc: n.c.


I used Guardsman Lemon Oil on my 1930 LC Smith double barrel shotgun. Rub a few drops into the wood with your finger tips and buff with a soft cloth. Repeat several times. It will clean the finish without harming it. I got mine off Amazon for about $10 shipped.

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#4689389 - 03/09/18 08:22 AM Re: How to clean an antique shotgun stock? [Re: Ed_Flecko]
newbe46 Offline


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Loc: Ontario, Canada
I second lemon oil although I've only used it to clean the fretboard of a guitar, I don't see the stock being anything different, they are still wood.
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#4689438 - 03/09/18 09:22 AM Re: How to clean an antique shotgun stock? [Re: Ed_Flecko]
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The Model 12 is a jewel in the shot gun world . I have one and it is a keeper.
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#4689450 - 03/09/18 09:35 AM Re: How to clean an antique shotgun stock? [Re: Ed_Flecko]
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Have you tried just a *barely damp* cloth? I'd start with that. Pictures of what it looks like now might be helpful.
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#4689458 - 03/09/18 09:47 AM Re: How to clean an antique shotgun stock? [Re: Ed_Flecko]
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I would check out some old gun forums or find someone in your area that is knowledgeable. Doing the wrong thing could detract from the value of the gun.
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#4689468 - 03/09/18 10:02 AM Re: How to clean an antique shotgun stock? [Re: Ed_Flecko]
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#4689843 - 03/09/18 05:44 PM Re: How to clean an antique shotgun stock? [Re: Ed_Flecko]
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#4690036 - 03/09/18 09:17 PM Re: How to clean an antique shotgun stock? [Re: Ed_Flecko]
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I think old rifle stocks use linseed oil or tung oil. Definitely look on the forums before doing anything for advice.
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#4690093 - 03/09/18 10:52 PM Re: How to clean an antique shotgun stock? [Re: Ed_Flecko]
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Registered: 05/20/12
Posts: 1283
Loc: Georgia
Ren Wax. It's what is used on museum pieces.

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#4690107 - 03/09/18 11:12 PM Re: How to clean an antique shotgun stock? [Re: Ed_Flecko]
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Registered: 08/11/11
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The wood finish should be gently cleaned before any wax is applied.

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#4690133 - 03/10/18 12:09 AM Re: How to clean an antique shotgun stock? [Re: gman2304]
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Originally Posted By: gman2304
The wood finish should be gently cleaned before any wax is applied.

That is correct, George (noremf) on rimfire central has some excellent post about this type of work. He suggests using bottled water with a couple drops of dish soap and a cloth, rinse with bottled water, let dry and repeat. Then use 100% mineral spirits. This process is supposed to be safe for any type of top coat.

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#4690141 - 03/10/18 12:46 AM Re: How to clean an antique shotgun stock? [Re: billt460]
jjjxlr8 Offline


Registered: 09/10/08
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Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: billt460


Holy [censored]! Don't do that to a collectible rifle! He severely reduced the value of that firearm to most purist collectors.

I bet he sold more products, though!


Edited by jjjxlr8 (03/10/18 12:50 AM)
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#4690164 - 03/10/18 02:27 AM Re: How to clean an antique shotgun stock? [Re: jjjxlr8]
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Registered: 03/30/15
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Loc: Glendale, Arizona
Originally Posted By: jjjxlr8
Holy [censored]! Don't do that to a collectible rifle! He severely reduced the value of that firearm to most purist collectors.


Originally Posted By: Ed_Flecko
I'd like to clean the stock to reveal the beauty of the wood without ruining the value of the gun. Suggestions on how to properly/safely clean the stock? Thank you! Ed


You're either going to clean the thing, or you're not. The OP has stated in his first post that he wants to, "clean the stock to reveal the beauty of the wood". This thing isn't an original Walker Colt. Old Model 12's are a dime a dozen, just like Remington Rolling Blocks. There were over 2 million of them produced.

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