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A few weeks back I made it to the local pawn shop and usually it's a walk in walk out deal because their used guns are higher than new. Occasionally they have beaters for really good prices and I stumbled into one.
This is a 1969 Remington Wingmaster with factory extended tube and a 20" barrel. Walnut furniture. The gun was in horrible condition. Filthy! The end of the barrel, receiver and slide bars had red rust on them and the wood was heavily scratched and gouged. But she cycled and the internals looked fine. The price was $60.00. Yea, I had a moral obligation at that point.

So she went home and I detail stripped her, hit the stocks with a palm sander and worked her down smooth, then 5 coats of BLO. All steel parts got a scrubbing with break free and steel wool and are still pitted but no longer rusty. Then I Oxpho Blued the steel back to a dull black color and reassembled. Here are some pics.
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Very nice save, Mike! How's the inside of the barrel? Have you shot it yet?
 

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She shoots and cycles just fine. The inside of the barrel is bright and shiny. Looks brand new. The action is very nice. Not glass smooth but better than most new express guns.

I have been seeing more and more of these guns and am at a loss to explain how a gun can be totally thrashed on the outside and look almost new on the inside.
 

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Nice job on that shottie! Congrats on a good find (after some work on your part)!:biggrin: John
 

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Hey Mike,

$60.00, for an 870? A little TLC?

You did very well!

Later, Mark
 

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Nice resurrection Mike. :tee:
 

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I hate to see any firearm get in the shape that one was in! That's sacrilege!! Good job on bringing it back to usable condition. Looked like someone left it in a boat when they got thru duck huntin.
 

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Nice save!:tee:
 

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nice restore... :congrats:
 

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Nice work on that 870. Always a good thing when you can save something like that from a scrap heap. It never ceases to amaze me how badly some people treat their guns.

Stu
 

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Great price and nice restoration!
 

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Great job saving her! :congrats:
 

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If I'd have found that poor thing I'd have been forced to rescue it as well, I'm looking for another 12 gauge that I can abuse, the one I have that I'd modify has a poly-choke on it, and I've decided to leave it as-is.

You did a nice job of making it presentable without overdoing it. Perfect for a truck/canoe gun!
 

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Nice job, That''s the way to rescue one.I love projects like that myself .
 

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Blessed is he who resurrects an 870!:congrats: I bought a Remington 870 12 gauge from a friend at work back in 1980. Had the plain 24" barrel on it with fixed modified choke and my research on it says it was made in 1956. I put a 20" barrel on it with the screw in choke system and rifle sights. The action was and still is like butter. Point the muzzle skyward and press the action opening button and it opens nearly half way. When I bought it, no TLC was required. The bluing was worn at the carry point on the receiver only.

I owned it 33 years before I took it all apart to clean the innards. To this day I don't know what kept the old girl shooting after all the debris I found inside! Sticks, leaves, grass, gunk, you name it I found it inside the receiver. It was like a timex watch though, she just kept on ticking. My 1979 rechambered 760 carbine in .358 Win was the same way when I tore that one down also.

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She shoots and cycles just fine. The inside of the barrel is bright and shiny. Looks brand new. The action is very nice. Not glass smooth but better than most new express guns.

I have been seeing more and more of these guns and am at a loss to explain how a gun can be totally thrashed on the outside and look almost new on the inside.
I once ran across an old police gun, it was a rough looking 870. I'd say some of them rode around in a trunk for years and were seldom shot. Nice Save!
 

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Nice job! I just bought A pawn shop 870 that is going to get some home defense mods. I thought the price was right at $275. Can't beat $60.
 
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