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    Rjtmac--I love old .22 rifles--I have more than I need but all will go to my grandson someday. I know you will do a great refurbishing job on this one.

    My only advice (unwanted, I know!) would be to install only sling swivel studs instead of the permanent sling swivels. I find them to be too noisy, and there are going to be some times you don't want a sling on the rifle.

    Nuff said. That rifle will be a beauty, and your grandson can hand it down to his son.

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    I am looking forward to the journey with this one, please show us as you go along with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRSLYR View Post
    Rjtmac--I love old .22 rifles--I have more than I need but all will go to my grandson someday. I know you will do a great refurbishing job on this one.

    My only advice (unwanted, I know!) would be to install only sling swivel studs instead of the permanent sling swivels. I find them to be too noisy, and there are going to be some times you don't want a sling on the rifle.

    Nuff said. That rifle will be a beauty, and your grandson can hand it down to his son.

    DRSLYR
    No advice is considered unwanted ... I state often ... "you can't learn much in a vacuum" ... being provided suggestions of better or alternative ways to do things are always a good thing.

    I had considered just the studs but will have to get permission for that "off base" change in the restore ... don't know how much a "true to the model" restore we are doing here. May not want to go that route.

    Have 4 alternatives right now for the holes:

    1) purchase a set of OEM sling mounts
    2) fill the holes - with filler - or sanding dust / bonding product combo - or an ebony inlay
    3) purchase 3rd party mounts or studs
    4) just leave the holes (which I don't consider much of an alternative)

    This one is going to be a long process - going to be a large amount of metal work. Stock has a couple of pretty complicated fixes ( at least for me anyway ) that will have to be addressed. I am planning on about a month overall ... This builds in some "OH CRAP" time when a couple of things don't go as planned - as usual !!

    Debating whether or not to include a white Butt Plate Spacer with this one ...
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    Try popping in at RimfireCentral.com and check into the Mossberg forum, I picked up this one years ago and haven't touched it, although it has the wrong peep she is still a great shooter. Model 31A Wards Westerfield otherwise known as a Mossberg Model 40 from somewhere in the 30s'.
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    Now take your time, I can wait, cause I know you will do a great job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Fixit View Post
    Try popping in at RimfireCentral.com and check into the Mossberg forum, I picked up this one years ago and haven't touched it, although it has the wrong peep she is still a great shooter. Model 31A Wards Westerfield otherwise known as a Mossberg Model 40 from somewhere in the 30s'.
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    WILL DO !! ... I am a member there as well as the Mossberg forum. Plan on going to both to try and glean a little help on the disassembly of this little beggar.
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    The Scope and Scope Mount may have a chance of being recovered. Big surprise to me that I was able to get all of the screws loose without destroying any of them. Was a small battle. The turret screws are now loose and they move the cross hairs.

    Worked for a little over 2 hours doing a first pass at getting the scope and mount stripped. Tried just buffing the rust but it was too deep and crusted on too thick. Alternative was to just strip the units to the metal. Have it stripped and buffed one time over with 400 grit sandpaper. Will need to buff further with 6 and then 800 grit and finish off with 1000 grit. Will take another hour or so to finish the prep and then I will have to reblue all the parts.

    Still will have to repair the screws and get them squared away.

    Some pics:







    This one is kinda fuzzy ... but it shows the brass accent ring I found under all the gunk ...








    Continue with the process tomorrow ...
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    Worked on the Trigger Guard tonight ... needed some smoothing and removal of dents and scratches. The long "scratches" that show in the picture are really enhanced by the camera. Do not show to the naked eye.









    Screws for the Trigger Guard have been reshaped, Filed and sand papered. They are now soaking in a mild acid solution to remove the rust down in the screwdriver slots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjtmac View Post
    WILL DO !! ... I am a member there as well as the Mossberg forum.
    That makes two of us but This member is no good to you at all. As a matter of fact, I was going to "suggest" that you ignore the scope and try to find a back sight. That was, until I saw what you have done to it. I thought it was hopeless but you have transformed it already
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    From the looks of the beginning overhaul, I bet your Grandson is goin' to be pleasantly surprised (ecstatic) over his "new" rifle!
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