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Old 02-14-2019, 10:53 AM
AngryDoug AngryDoug is online now
 
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My opinion? Leave it be and appreciate it's history. Buy an SA and make it pretty.
Yeah, I've been looking at it more and I'm inclined to leave it as-is. It looks like it has some history. Looks like a grunt, where a 6M SA looks more like a REMF.
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Old 02-16-2019, 07:30 AM
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At least oil and grease it to preserve it and stop further oxidation.
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Old 02-16-2019, 08:34 AM
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At least oil and grease it to preserve it and stop further oxidation.
I give every rifle a decent coat of CLP and wipe it down so it's not wet. Even the guns I won on CMP Auction. Preserving the metal is my main goal.

Btw, the rifle I built in my AMC class was freshly parkerized and had that battleship gray color. I gave it a good coat of CLP as described above, and now, after a year it has turned more of that greenish-gray color that you see on original rifles. Which I really like.

I saw other threads that using RLO will help turn parkerized steel to a nice color, but I seem to be having good results with CLP.
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Old 02-16-2019, 09:41 AM
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On fresh refinished parts I ususally rub in a thin coat of grease. This always seems to work well for me
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Old 02-17-2019, 01:02 PM
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I give every rifle a decent coat of CLP and wipe it down so it's not wet. Even the guns I won on CMP Auction. Preserving the metal is my main goal.

Btw, the rifle I built in my AMC class was freshly parkerized and had that battleship gray color. I gave it a good coat of CLP as described above, and now, after a year it has turned more of that greenish-gray color that you see on original rifles. Which I really like.

I saw other threads that using RLO will help turn parkerized steel to a nice color, but I seem to be having good results with CLP.
Don't put RLO on metal parts. The only reason it appears to "change" metal colors is because it puts a hard crusty coating on after it dries that will eventually flake off and look like c$ap. And, because it's an organic plant based "oil", it may actually cause more oxidation than prevent it under that coating.

The reality is that CLP is not a very efficient product for a corrosion preventative no more than any other "catch all" gun cleaning product. They market that stuff as a solution to everything when it's actually not the best for anything. Not C-cleaning, L-lubrication, or P-protectant. Nothing can do all at the same time efficiently.

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Old 02-17-2019, 02:23 PM
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Your Winchester is probably (in my opinion) a Turk return. Every rifle I examined at the South Store at the height of the Turk return "wave" had a reddish-brown tarnish on the parkerization, including the WIN-13 with original barrel I purchased last April. My opinion is that the reddish-brown tarnish is characteristic of systematic poor maintenance of loaned martial arms by the Turks.
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Old 02-17-2019, 03:04 PM
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Your Winchester is probably (in my opinion) a Turk return. Every rifle I examined at the South Store at the height of the Turk return "wave" had a reddish-brown tarnish on the parkerization, including the WIN-13 with original barrel I purchased last April. My opinion is that the reddish-brown tarnish is characteristic of systematic poor maintenance of loaned martial arms by the Turks.
So you personally wouldn't feel guilty about re-parking it? I'm still mulling over doing so.
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Old 02-17-2019, 03:27 PM
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If your not sure what to do,as your post indicates,leave it as is. What’s the rush to repark? If you’re up for a handsome rifle, why not start with a more common receiver? You can never make it original or put back the way you received it. JMO
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Old 02-17-2019, 03:38 PM
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I must agree with the “leave it alone” posters. There are plenty of Springfield Armory rifles out there to refinish. I would not mess with a Winchester, as it will always have more value with original finish...even if it has plenty of patina.
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Old 02-17-2019, 04:24 PM
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I will never re-park any Garand. If it's not a very collectable Garand and I don't like how it looks I'll either sell it or trade it so it's not worth the cost to me. The only exception is if I have a shiny gas cylinder on a Garand that I like I will send the gas cylinder assembly to Hueygunner and have him black it with Mil spec oxide finish.
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