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So I got bored what with crappy weather so I decided to take out from the dark recesses of my cabinet my first shotgun, a Cooey (Winchester) 840 that I bought in 1974. I haven't shot it for years, maybe 15 or so. Before that it went with me on many a pheasant, grouse, rabbit, duck, goose, one moose and a couple of deer hunts. The forestock had cracked at the base and the only bluing left was under the forestock. It had what collectors call a patina. The bore was bright with only a little bit of plastic fouling near the chamber. There was a small bit of surface rust on the back of the receiver where it abuts the butt stock. So I stripped it down including the trigger but not hammer and hit it with fine steel wool followed by wet/dry paper finishing with a 1000 grit polish. I then washed it down with hot soapy water followed by a rinse with boiling water from a kettle. Final prep was a thorough wiping with alcohol while wearing nitrile gloves. The first bluing was done with G96 paste blue. It wasn't very good and I ended up steel wooling it all off under the hot water tap. I had an old bottle (1985) of Outer's liquid blue. It was a no longer blue but a milky brown colour. I wiped it on several times keeping the surface wet. Then I used superfine steel wool soaked in bluing to lightly go over the surface to even out the bluing and prevent streaking. The resuilts were pretty spectacular. I wish I had taken a before picture. I also repaired the stock although it isn't as pretty a job and refinished it with stain and water based Varathane. Not bad for a days work.
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