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Re: Grade 0
Posted by mark yeakel on August 8, 2018, 2:59 pm, in reply to "Re: Grade 0
From the sound of it, I wouldn't do anything with the metal. Most people shoot un-"restored" pieces in these shoots. If the bores look good, you're probably OK for use with RST loads (retailers in PA). It sounds like you want to work on it yourself. The key there is, the less you do the better. If you're not sure about that the bores or you have the means to measure barrel wall thickness, you should start there and make sure the barrels haven't been honed to less than minimum thickness. I have some Damascus barrels on an O grade from that time period and they are about .039 @ 9" ahead of the breech. If you're handy with epoxy you might try the stock repair; that sounds like an odd crack you've got there; photos would help. If you do repair the crack and/or the wood finish is mostly gone, just remove what's left of the old finish and do nothing else but a linseed oil finish with 320 grit paper. Your stocks are English walnut and will look superb. LC Smith actions/buttstocks are difficult to disassemble if you've never done it before, so I usually opt for only doing what's necessary for it to function properly. If you do take it down soak the buttstock in acetone for about a week before you refinish or make the epoxy repair.