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Anyone ever take the forearm off one of these ? I need to re-finish this gun, the stock looks like someone carried it in the back of a truck with loose gravel. How about peep sights, any ideas ? It seems accurate at 25 yards but anything should be, I suppose. If you have one, what ammo does it like ? Ever shoot the little CB ball ammo ? I might use it for home defense on tree rats. Thanks- Steve
 

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I have a BL-22 and I put Williams WGS Peep on it... which caused me to put a Skinner front sight on it. And I am not complaining at all... it s a great shooter. It just looks funny with the HUGE Williams sight on the receiver and that taller than average front sight on it- looks like the elevator on an airplane. Best of all- it likes cheap 22 LR. I bought 2 cases of Win Wildcat several years ago and it likes that fine. Bought that for my 10" Browning Silhouette pistol- lucky there are other guns that like it too. The Browning Challenger does not... but that's another story. Where was I?....

Oh yeah- as for disassembly of that forearm. Haven't done that- but it looks straight forward. I went to Numriches for a scematic schematic - diagram of the thing. See:

http://www.gunpartscorp.com/catalog/Products.aspx?catid=4148

From both the outside looking at it and the diagram it really seems simple- push the pin in the barrel band out, slip the band forward- and it should come right off. So let me know how that goes... if I was a nice guy I would try it out on mine first but...

Refinishing ought to be a challenge. I removed that shiny lacquer from one and refinished with Tru Oil and it came out good. I used a strong stripper to get that shiny stuff off and it came off in thick sheets as I scraped it with thumbnail and pieces of cardboard. It came out good though.

Good luck- hope this helps.

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Thanks very much for that, I'll take a long careful look before I start. I have a distressing history of taking things apart with hammers and punches, so I'll go slowly. I have another refinishing project, this one will be my practice. Goodness knows I've sanded enough wood, I ought to be able to de- and re-finish something. I wish I had eagle-like vision to shoot open sights like these, but that's history.
Speaking of history, I sure enjoyed reading your post in the Guns of our Fathers section.
Thanks again for the advice-
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I hope I helped a little. When I looked closely at mine it seemed that the pin through the band would run into the barrel- unless it curved around it? I don't know- it could be an illusion, but it seemed like it was going to touch. I am curious about it and now am thinking I would take it apart just to see. Then again, I come to my senses and think about letting sleeping dogs lie. Maybe after I get my bench cleared off. I'm doing a restoration of a 1950 Remington model 58 now- and then a strip and clean of a Winchester model 12 from 1947.

And thanks for the encouragement for the Guns of Our Fathers thread. I was hoping that thread would become a real hit and just take off here- and we would have just story after story to read from our friends on MO- all with pictures of course. The thread just faded out tho... I really enjoyed sharing- and still have some of his guns that I haven't photographed or written up. Maybe I ought to do some of that.

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I was looking thru the rimfire thread and saw the Model 88 you gave Roe, did you use the Tru-oil on that stock ? It sure came out well, beautiful job.
 

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Thanks for the compliment. I enjoyed that project more than most.

Short answer- yes.

Long answer- the stock was in good shape and the metal was not. The stock had a few bare patches in it and was greasy dirty in the checkering, at the palm, and at the cheek weld. I washed it with saddle soap and wet towel first and let it dry. I have this can of spray Tru Oil- and I also have a bottle. I tried the bottle first and it started building up and drying funny... so I went with the Spray can and that went well. I built up layers until it matched the rest of the stock.

The metal was real bad on the front part of the barrel- the last foot or so was about bare. There were also some off color spots and beginning rust on small parts of the receiver. I stripped the metal with 97% methanol first- then steel wooled all of the parts I was going to re-blue. After that- I redid the methanol wash. I used Oxypho blue from Brownells to blue it. About 30 coats on the barrel brought it up to the same color as the rest of the stock. On the receiver I was able to touch up and blend with 10 coats or less overall. It came out well- I just wish I could have found a replacement peep sight for it!

What's interesting is I am now restoring a Remington 58- more rust, stuck bolt, speckling in bore, lining of gun case stuck to lacquer- etc. The barrel blued up real nice. The receiver is not blending in well and matching. I've tried both the Oxypho and Birchwood's paste- neither is getting me there. I put 20 coats on and its not changing much. But I got the bolt unstuck and the gas ports cleared- shined the barrel up with steel wool.... that's a hoot. Used WD-40 and elbow grease to get the fuzz out of the varnish... more fun. Hoping to test fire it soon. But hate to test fire it and have to clean it up again.... Gun was last fired in 1960. Been neglected to say the least. So the interesting part is this- different steels will take different bluing formulations differently.... I live and learn.

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Mercy, you do enjoy a challenging project. The metal work sounds like old time alchemy. Merlin would be impressed. My only fun project lately is hunting an arrowhead, a piece of old pottery, and a nice shark tooth for each of my grandkids. A friend gave me a gator tooth for each already. It means lots of time riding the rivers in a speedboat, dang it, looking around on small islands, being eaten by bloodsucking insects. Beats work, tho. Enjoy the weekend, let us know what the Mad Collector swoops on next.
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I got mine from an ad on here, it was $300, I was able to face to face it. Stock looks rough, but it does shoot nicely. When I get the re-finishing done I'll post a pic, but it won't be this month or next, I'm afraid.
 
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