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    Default Want to restore family heirloom .22LR

    Years ago I was given an old Remington Targetmaster .22 rifle. It belonged to my great grandfather, grandfather, and then was handed down to me. For years it was neglected and sat outside the door of Great Grandads house and then later years sat in the basement so she's a little rusty but still functions great and shoots amazingly accurate for 50+ year old iron sights.

    With great grandads passing last November I'd like to get some restoration done to keep this rifle in the family for years to come. Basically just looking for suggestions on local shops I could take the rifle and get it spruced up.

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    Default Re: Want to restore family heirloom .22LR

    Not sure of any shops ! But that's great that you're trying to keep it in the family maybe you could restore
    It ! Try workshop-hero-paint-thinner-solvents-cleaners-wh290487-64_1000.jpg for metal and dutch-glow_1000.jpgfor stock Good luck!

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    Default Re: Want to restore family heirloom .22LR

    Ive thought about that too. Just a little short on time with my current career path.

    Overall the stock and butt plate are in good shape just pretty rusty on the exposed portion of the barrel and receiver.

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    Thumbs up Re: Want to restore family heirloom .22LR

    If the rust and any pitting are light and just at the surface, then any gun oil (hoppe's#9, rem oil, CLP), along with some #0000 steel wool, and some elbow grease will usually do the job withouth harming the metal or the bluing.

    But if it's that old, it's probably a good idea to have it checked, serviced, and cleaned. Sounds like a fairly simple, and straightfoward job that any local smith could do.

    Do a yelp review or google review search of gunsmiths and shops in your area. Find out cost and turnaround time. And pick up some ammo when you go in to reclaim it. Good to go.
    Last edited by Boris Badinov; December 2nd, 2017 at 09:50 AM.

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    Default Re: Want to restore family heirloom .22LR

    Random points:

    Refinishing the stock and re-bluing the barrel / receiver.... always reduces the value of a rifle.
    EXCEPT TO YOU.

    I won't refinish any sentimental gun. Not no how, not no way. That's me, not you.

    Patina is earned. Stock dings reflect usage.

    Gun oil and the finest steel wool will clean up the rust. Clean and oil the rest.

    It's a .22. It's not likely to self destruct on a failure, other than barrel blockage.
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    Default Re: Want to restore family heirloom .22LR

    I may give the steel wool a shot . Worst case i end up taking it to be reblued anyway. Action and trigger wise everything is still smooth and tight. Ive shot it plenty over the years in current condition with no issue.

    As for ammo I have plenty because .22LR is what the wife shoots mainly

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    Default Re: Want to restore family heirloom .22LR

    For petina I agree as well but rust and I have deep seeded issues...never buy a 90s Nissan...

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    Default Re: Want to restore family heirloom .22LR

    I have found bronze wool to be better, less chance of doing damage. There is also this stuff out there: http://www.big45.com/

    You might want to check out this thread: http://forum.pafoa.org/showthread.php?t=324447

    If you read the entire thread you can pick up a number of perspectives on the subject.+
    Last edited by gghbi; December 2nd, 2017 at 11:57 AM.
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    Default Re: Want to restore family heirloom .22LR

    I am in the don't restore it camp. I would have it checked for safety and clean it up myself. I would just remove the rust and keep it oiled. I love checking out old .22's, can you post a picture or two so we can see what you are dealing with?
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    Default Re: Want to restore family heirloom .22LR

    Quote Originally Posted by mpan72 View Post
    I am in the don't restore it camp. I would have it checked for safety and clean it up myself. I would just remove the rust and keep it oiled. I love checking out old .22's, can you post a picture or two so we can see what you are dealing with?
    When i get back from in the field i can post some up for sure

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