I just picked up an old Winchester 94. One of the previus owners, used it fr
a huntinggun and polyed the stock, along with some of the metal.
Any suggestions for easy removal from the wood and mre importantly from the
metal without damaging the blueing
Ken - make sure it isn't a pre '64 Winchester as the gun could be
worth a fair amount of money depending on the caliber and model. It
is worth looking into.
Because the gun has a crappy finish on it, doesn't mean it cannot be
restored and still worth more than just being a shooter.
I used to have a buddy that was a gunsmith (bastard moved to Colorado
so he could hunt more often) and he hated refinishing stocks, and I
liked it. I helped when I could. He always removed the stock (or
pieces) from the metal before starting. If you do this, make sure you
are using hollow ground screwdrivers to make sure you don't strip the
heads of the screws.
This is EXACTLY how we did it:
The only thing I would do different would be to sand the poly a bit to
break the surface, and to help break up any lubricant that will be on
the surface of the finish that would keep a chemical stripper from
penetrating. Be careful with the chemical strippers as they may
discolor or eat into the metal.
Tru Oil is easy to use and will put a beautiful finish on your gun.
Just coat away with abandon, and after about 5-6 coats you will really
have a good, durable finish. When the finish is about 30 days old,
buff it out to the sheen you want, put on a couple of coats of good
quality paste wax and it will stand all kinds of inclement weather and
As far as touching up scratches wear, or use areas on the metal in
which the bluing has come off, get the correct color of Birchwood
Casey's bluing. I don't know if they still do, but they used to make
a blue that would match rifles, and a blue/black that would come
really close to matching the old S&W and Colt hot bath factory blue.
Excellent products, and easy to apply.
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