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Bukowski
12-07-2010, 8:30 PM
I just got a replica flintlock muzzle loader from a relative's estate. Barrel is stamped "Belgium" and the proof mark dates it to the 1950's- 1960's. There is no maker/ importer mark, but it does have a serial # so not worth $$.

Stock is in nice shape, but the metal has developed a rather rusty "patina" :D

I'd like to clean it up some so it can hang on my wall for the next 50 years. What's the best way of going about it?

*As a funny aside you should have seen the amount of GRIEF my 60 year old mother got shipping this thing to me from Boston. Might as well been a crate of AK 47's from the reactions she got.... guess it ain't 1776 anymore...:(

mosinnagantm9130
12-07-2010, 11:04 PM
Depending on how bad the rust is, an electrolysis tank is an option.

Check out this thread to see some before and after pics of a rusty T99, cleaned by electrolysis: http://www.surplusrifleforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=175&t=53906

jamesob
12-07-2010, 11:22 PM
oil and real fine steel wool?

Interloper
12-08-2010, 8:07 PM
oil and real fine steel wool?

Oil and bronze wool. Works like a champ. I just cleaned up a very ugly Turk Forestry Berthier this way. Took off all the "closet rash" and left the bluing.