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Winchester 1893 shotgun

Discussion in 'Rifle & Shotgun Discussion' started by trekrok, Feb 15, 2021.

  1. trekrok

    trekrok Sharpshooter

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    Does anyone have any magical way to make a serial number appear? All I've done so far is rubbed with gun oil. But as it is my level of precision is, I think it may contain a "5". Probably doesn't really matter, but it would be helpful to know if it was an early or late gun because it appears there were a few differences.

    Anyway, given it's a family gun, in rough shape and won't ever be shot, what do folks think I should do with it insofar as work? Affecting value isn't really a concern, since these don't seem to be worth much, and I wouldn't ever sell it anyway. Right now I'm thinking clean and oil it, get it functional and call it good. But part of me wonders about going a little further maybe doing a little refinishing? But it's hard to imagine it turning out to be much given the starting point. Any thoughts?
     

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    Catt57 Gill-Gun Guru

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    Never under-estimate an old neglected gun. Sometimes there's a beauty queen hiding under the rust and mung.

    https://www.okshooters.com/threads/springfield-120a-resto-before-and-after-picture-heavy.274714/

    Also, you could take a white crayon and highlight the SN. Work the wax into the stamp and then wipe off the excess. To remove the wax just melt it with a lighter and wipe it off.
     
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  3. HoLeChit

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    I came here to say the same in regards to a crayon or ink. I’m thinking that cleaning it and making it functional is all you should do in terms of restoration. Let those 100+ years of character shine!
     
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    Catt57 Gill-Gun Guru

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    Definitely function first. I never restore a firearm until I know it is working 100%.
     
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    You related to Jen Psaki? ;)
     
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  6. trekrok

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    Ha, I was wondering if I'd get called out on that..
     
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    I would get it conserved. You might have active rust internally. If you could take it apart completely and boil all the parts then card all of them with a carding wheel (NOT A WIRE WHEEL) you might find it is in better shape than you think.

    Watch the anvil series with Mark Novak on youtube.
     
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    Older guns were not required to have serial numbers. It’s a fairly recent thing if I remember right.
    I have several old guns that don’t have S/N.
     
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    Thanks to the GCA of 1968
     
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  10. trekrok

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    This is pretty good stuff, thanks.
     
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