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Old 12-08-2018, 01:51 PM   #1
locolobo
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I have a Harrington & Richardson 20 ga that is my most cherished firearm. It was the first gun that I bought, when I was 14 yrs old, with my own money. Not long after bought, I added a 30/30 barrel and made it my first deer rifle too. It has now been passed down to my son, then it was his first gun. Being a H&R and the fact that the young me did not really know how to take care of a firearm, the bluing did not last long. Years ago I stripped it down and re-blued it using Birchwood Casey cold blue. That finish did not last very long either. Since then the finish has turned to a blackish brown with the rust that we now try to keep at bay with fairly frequent polish with a rough rag soaked with WD-40, PB Blaster or whatever we have on hand.
My question: I rather like the patina it has taken on and want to keep the color. I do not want to take it down to bare metal and refinish it. But the metal has started to take on a rough feel. I'm thinking the rust is still working under the surface. I was wondering if a fine steel wool would get the feel back without removing the "patina". I have some 4/0 for use on other projects and I believe that is the finest steel wool around. Then use a couple coats of wax like I do for other guns.

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Old 12-08-2018, 01:59 PM   #2
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If the finish is feeling rough, then some fine pitting has already occurred & the reason you have to stay on top of things. The only real way to deal with that issue is polishing (which is a bit of an art & not thin the hell out of the stamping)

I'm not certain of any real fire way to seal the gun with the current patina. If it were me, I would reach out to the experts & give a call into Turnbull Restorations & see if they could provide any do it yourself tips or offer assistance.
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Old 12-08-2018, 02:05 PM   #3
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First, stop using WD 40 on any of your guns. It's not made for that.
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Old 12-08-2018, 04:11 PM   #4
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The only thing I use WD40 for is to help cut rust. Seems to help take it off better than anything else. It does not go into the action, no way, no how.
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Old 12-08-2018, 04:23 PM   #5
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tried to upload a photo of alleged firearm but no-go. Would show jpg # next to first browse box, hit upload, get Sending message, waiting on discussion, then 2 or 3 messages that go by so fast that I don't have time to read them. What am I doing wrong? First time to try posting photo!
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