View Full Version : Restoring Winchester

30-10-2010, 09:56 PM
Just came across WINCHESTER MODEL 37 SINGLE BARREL SHOTGUN.The gun was bought by my friend's grandfather.The gun was bought in 1954 and from its condition,i am sure no care was taken during the last 30 years.
Now its in my hands for restoration.
Just guide me what to do. :)
The gun fires,so the firing mechanism is working.The Barrel from inside is shinning but the main problem is lot of Rust on the outer surface of barrel.
I treated the barrel with Diesel and vigorous rubbing has removed a lot of rust.Clothes and soft iron sponge was used.

The wood is fine so is the plastic butt pad.

Found this very useful video showing removing Rust with Onions ! :)

Here is a picture from the Net and below are the pics of the said gun.

http://s1.postimage.org/xw8cA.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/1w1jty56s/)

These are the pics...

http://s1.postimage.org/xxp19.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/1w30r58zo/)

http://s1.postimage.org/xy4qA.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/1w3sva5dw/)

http://s1.postimage.org/xybV0.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/1w3xtw6v8/)

30-10-2010, 10:30 PM
Time to start project re-bluing.

31-10-2010, 09:58 AM
Aha Classic.
i will recommend the "caustic soda" (peoples in village use it to wash cloths) with boiled hot water.it will clear every thing even bluing :D
but use it carefully it harms the skin and eyes.then re-blue the gun.

31-10-2010, 06:18 PM
If its a DIY project then i will recommend heating up a barrel slightly using a torch and then use paint remover. After that you would need to use sand paper to smooth it up. Use Oil on the sand paper to avoid too much of metal loss. :) Then pick up any method of bluing the gun could be " Cold or Hot Bluing "

Else take it to a gunsmith.

31-10-2010, 07:47 PM
the best way to remove rust without causing any damage is using electrolysis which is easy to do with water,baking soda and a car battery charger


04-11-2010, 10:27 PM
Thanks for the kind suggestions.The gun is 'feeling good' now after some oily treatment.I am sure and happy that i have given it further 50 years to live.Most of the Rust from barrel is removed.Will be taking it to a Buff machine which i am sure will gets its shine back.

05-11-2010, 09:45 AM
Ka_Khan: Sir do post a "before and after" comparison :)