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My grandfathers 1894 from 1926
April 28, 2013
12:19 pm
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I just started owning firearms. My father gave me his father's
Winchester 1894 made in 1926. He hasn't shot it since I was born.. so at
least 42 years. Its been in a fabric case in his basement all this time.
Surprisingly its in good shape after 87 years.

It has a lot of small rust spots on the barrel and the metal butt plate. You
can feel these rust spots with you finger when you slide over them. I'd like
to figure out how to get rid of them or prevent it from getting worse. I
would like to keep this gun and pass it down to my son some day. I have
zero plans to sell it since its an heirloom IMHO.

I would love to shoot this gun again but I need a gunsmith who knows
Winchesters to give it a good once over. My dad thinks the firing pin is bad
but isn't 100%.

What do you guys think I should do? Get it restored? Oil it up and forget
about it? Who should I send it to? I am very new to firearms so be gentle.

I don't want to make it look brand new, just get rid of the rust without making it look worse.

Here are some pictures..

http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/malice959/library/1926%20Winchester%201894%2030-30?sort=3&page=1

Thanks, Mike

April 28, 2013
2:11 pm
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Your model 1894 SRC, .30WCF is in nice condition. I would recommend that you use 0000 steel wool with some light oil (snake oil or Accuoil) and just lightly wipe the metal surfaces, this may remove the surface rust and also control it from getting any worse. Using a cloth with some wax, clean polish the stocks. The bore will likely need a good cleaning also. Your gun is in no need of professional cleaning just some TLC. You have inherited a great classic rifle in nice condition. Good luck and enjoy 🙂

April 28, 2013
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"Road King" said
Your model 1894 SRC, .30WCF is in nice condition. I would recommend that you use 0000 steel wool with some light oil (snake oil or Accuoil) and just lightly wipe the metal surfaces, this may remove the surface rust and also control it from getting any worse. Using a cloth with some wax, clean polish the stocks. The bore will likely need a good cleaning also. Your gun is in no need of professional cleaning just some TLC. You have inherited a great classic rifle in nice condition. Good luck and enjoy 🙂

so the 0000 steel wool wont remove the bluing or scratch it? Any recommendations on a Winchester gunsmith to look at it?

What do you recommend to clean the wood and wax it?

April 28, 2013
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Mike,

Use Kroil and 100% copper wool to remove the rust scale. Apply the Kroil to the rust spots, let it sit for 24-hours, then wet the copper wool in Kroil and gently scrub the rust off of the steel. Wipe clean frequently, and continue until the steel surface is smooth to the touch. The copper wool will not damage the surviving bluing. Do not allow the Kroil to contact the wood stocks. I always recommend removing the stocks before starting this type of cleaning project.

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April 28, 2013
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Where do you get this copper wool at?

April 28, 2013
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I took road kings advice (before I saw Berts). Turned out great! No more
rust on the barrel. I oiled and 0000 wool'd the barrel, cleaned/oiled the
bore, action and magazine pipe (?). Used Murphy's oil soap on the stock
then hit it with a thick coat of paste wax. I think it turned out great.

I wasn't able to get the brown off the receiver area.. I guess that's the
patina people are talking about. I decided to leave it. I added some more
post cleaning pics.

How often should I re-oil it to ensure it remains rust free?

http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/malice959/library/1926%20Winchester%201894%2030-30?sort=3&page=1

Now I just need a good Winchester gunsmith to give it a once over.

April 28, 2013
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It looks great. 😀 Don't worry about the frame, that is natural patina. Keep a small oily cloth in a zip lock baggie and wipe it down ever time it is handled or if you are in an area of high humidity, check it every month and wipe it down. I didn't mention the copper wool as it is sometimes difficult to get and the cheap stuff (dollar store) is not pure copper and can cause serious damage. Cry
Any gunsmith in your area should be able to tell if the firing pin is ok. But be carful as not all gun smiths are knowledgeable about vintage Winchester disassembling. The gun looks like it is a condition that most would agree it would be ok to shoot. If it goes bang, pin is good, if it goes click, than a firing pin will be needed.
Good luck

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tsillik said
Where do you get this copper wool at?

Type "copper wool" in your internet search engine... there are hundreds of sources. I get mine at the local hardware store.

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April 29, 2013
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There's always such great info here I love reading all the tips.

April 29, 2013
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I've been looking for 30-30 ammo for this thing...

All I can find is ammo that comes to a point. I assume that's bad
for a tube fed gun. Does the soft lead tips stop the risk of accidental discharge in the tube? What type of ammo should I be using for a 1894? Any specific brand recommendations?

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