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Originally Posted by blindshooter
I like taking old stuff and getting them safe to shoot again.

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Repairs are looking great. If that was my granddad's/great granddad's old shotgun, I would cherish it for its history. I hope your nephew appreciates what you are doing for him.

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Originally Posted by acy
Repairs are looking great. If that was my granddad's/great granddad's old shotgun, I would cherish it for its history. I hope your nephew appreciates what you are doing for him.

The nephew is somewhat of a gun collector himself and appreciates older stuff with family history.

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I have a soft spot in my heart for the Win 37's, work looks good, I like the pictures of your work


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Nice work and thanks for sharing the photos and story.

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Made a replacement forearm reinforcement plate. The old one was deformed pretty bad and creating some divots in the wood. That might have caused one of the cracks.
The replacement is thicker by about .015, it fits and actually holds the forearm a little forward keeping it off the receiver.

Hope the folks in Florida get through this storm without damage.

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Tagged for interest. ...... Cool thread.

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Fascinating thread here. That Mod. 37 is looking good. I have always admired the skills needed to resurrect old stuff like that. Also have a soft spot for old single barrel shotguns. They're the ones that everybody used & abused the hell out of, so the survival rate is lower than higher end stuff. My first shotgun was a single barrel break open Iver Johnson Champion in 16 ga. that was my dad's pheasant gun before WW2. Had it professionally reblued & case hardened years ago and the wood on that one luckily was all good. Still got it and enjoy that style of shotgun probably because it's what I started out with.

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My grandfather told me he remembered ordering it through a hardware store for $12.50.
I'm guessing that was not a huge sum but considerable since everyone was dirt poor at that time. Late 1930"s IIRC.

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I "think" there's some of the red paint Winchester used in the lettering still visible.

It looked just like that the first time I saw it in the late 60's. The nephew will get it in the same condition I got it except for the stock repairs.
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Brownell's Acra-Glass. Trust me. There was an Ogden gunsmith I knew who could re-assemble a pile of sticks and splinters into a beautiful gunstock with it. And did.

Later on, Brownell's Cold Blue. But there's a secret to "cold" blue -- it only means cold in comparison to hot salt bluing. You want the metal to be pretty warm when you apply it. Not glowing red, but just too hot to hold onto. Clean the bewangus out of it to get rid of ALL oils, then warm it with a torch or heat gun before you apply the bluing liquid. Apply a couple of coats, re-warming if needed. It will look awful at this stage. Until you wipe it with oil and then WOW!
Just a heads up as someone that does traditional hot bluing, cold blue is only meant for small touch up areas and offers little to no corrosion protection.

Oxpho blue does pretty good. Not hot salts good, but pretty good.


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Originally Posted by blindshooter
I "think" there's some of the red paint Winchester used in the lettering still visible.

It looked just like that the first time I saw it in the late 60's. The nephew will get it in the same condition I got it except for the stock repairs.
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That's cool.


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Really nice job!

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Those old guns were rust blued. Rust blue is exceptionally good if done right.

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