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Got my inheritance early

Buffco2Buffco2 Posts: 27 New Member
Daddy gave me his Browning A5 12gauge. I had always told him that was my gun, and then after I had kids he said it was going to give to my Bailey instead. 

Well, he brought it over last night. Said he never shot it anyway (not a gun guy) and wanted to know if I could get him any .22 LR for his little fishing gun. 

Of course I ran into the house to get a brick for him. I figured with today's ammo scarcity it was close to an even swap. Anyway, here she is. 1961 model as far as I can tell, he bought it when he was 14 for $125. 


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  • Buffco2Buffco2 Posts: 27 New Member
    I know what I'm about to ask is bordering on sacrilege, but I would like to have it reblued. And actually the receiver looks like it was browned but the barrel looks blue. 

    It's a sentimental gun, not a museum piece, and I want it to last. It's in good working order, it just has minor pitting all over. What do you guys recommend, besides leaving it as is? 
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,099 Senior Member
    Blue it.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,099 Senior Member
    Or cerekote. 
    😁
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Buffco2Buffco2 Posts: 27 New Member
    I don't want the etching and serial number to disappear. They're already getting shallow, especially the serial. Will blueing fill them in even more?

    I'm willing to spend money to have it done professionally rather than by Bubba's Backyard Blue tank. 
  • Buffco2Buffco2 Posts: 27 New Member
    Zee said:
    Or cerekote. 
    😁
    That's mean, man! Just mean!
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,851 Senior Member
    Buffco.
    Watch Anvil/Mark Novak on youtube. You can boil the finish in water and restore it. If disassembly/reassembly is a problem. Have the boiling process done by a smith. Check into it.
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,276 Senior Member
    Try scrubbing it with some oil and 0000  steel wool, you'd be surprised how well most of the old blue will come back. I like to use Ballistol!
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,546 Senior Member
    See what comes of BigAls suggestion, otherwise reblue it, I would refinish the wood too if you are going to fix the finish.

    I can't tell from the picture, do you still have to wear underwear on your head to get a gun in the house? :p
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • Buffco2Buffco2 Posts: 27 New Member
    Underwear wasn't required with this one since it was a gift. 
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,675 Senior Member
    One of my favorites...I would pay to have it re-blued professionally....and strip the old finish off the wood with some zip strip and give it a nice oil finish...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,276 Senior Member
    I restored this for a friend last year. The wood was junk, and it was a total rust bucket. I scrubbed it with Brownells T4 cold blue and bronze wool. I had to replace the wood.




    Sorry no "before" pictures. But it was BAAAD!
  • Buffco2Buffco2 Posts: 27 New Member
    Yeah I saw your thread Al, that's what prompted me to ask about this one. 

    Is it possible that the receiver was browned and the barrel blued? Or could it just be different metals? I can't really show it in a picture but under a light, there's a definite difference in the finish. 

    I'm also not even sure when blueing started and browning stopped. 
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,851 Senior Member
    I bet some gentle love with Ballistol and 0000 on the metal and wood would bring that gun back like a sunrise.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,675 Senior Member
    Buffco2 said:
    Yeah I saw your thread Al, that's what prompted me to ask about this one. 

    Is it possible that the receiver was browned and the barrel blued? Or could it just be different metals? I can't really show it in a picture but under a light, there's a definite difference in the finish. 

    I'm also not even sure when blueing started and browning stopped. 
    To the best of my knowledge Browning never browned any of their modern firearms...I think your A5s finish is the result of time, surface rust, and so-so maintenance/storage.....
    .
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 11,760 Senior Member
    edited March 22 #16
    Howdy stranger
    I would do what BigAl said.  If it doesn't work you can always have a gunsmith do it.  
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • MichakavMichakav Senior Member Posts: 2,877 Senior Member
    edited March 22 #17
    Big Al1 said:
    Try scrubbing it with some oil and 0000  steel wool, you'd be surprised how well most of the old blue will come back. I like to use Ballistol!
    I would go this route. No need to have it appear perfect when it is still completely functional. IMHO, old patina is preferable on a firearm like that. If you would prefer a more finished look I say go for a professional restore and re-blue. No sense getting a re-blue with all the pitting still there.
  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 7,037 Senior Member
    If a professional blue job is in order these guys are your guys. I’ve seen their work first hand.... amazing. 
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,276 Senior Member
    Glenrock is good people!!
  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 7,037 Senior Member
    Big Al1 said:
    Glenrock is good people!!
    And just right up the road.... by western standards. 
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • Buffco2Buffco2 Posts: 27 New Member
    Elk creek said:
    If a professional blue job is in order these guys are your guys. I’ve seen their work first hand.... amazing. 
    Thanks for that. Those prices are way better than I was anticipating.

    I know folks like patina, and I don't mind it, but I can't stand pitting. The wood I can do myself. 
  • Buffco2Buffco2 Posts: 27 New Member
    A quote by Bigslug from years ago that has stuck with me: "To collectors, patina means rusted to oblivion!" :smiley:
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,851 Senior Member
    Is it done yet?
     :) 
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    Glad to see you back and another vote for a professional re-blue!  Great gun, one of my all time favorites!
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    edited March 22 #25
    BTW our own @Justsomedude does world class work. 
  • Buffco2Buffco2 Posts: 27 New Member
    Is it done yet?
     :) 
    Hell no, but I have taken it out and fondled it a few more times. 
  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 7,674 Senior Member
    Buffco2 said:
    A quote by Bigslug from years ago that has stuck with me: "To collectors, patina means rusted to oblivion!" :smiley:

    That sums up sellers on gunbroker.
    Try steel wool and oil, if you like how it looks you are good, if you dont, you are not out anything and go get it blued.
    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • lancebanyonlancebanyon Posts: 28 New Member
    Elk creek said:
    Big Al1 said:
    Glenrock is good people!!
    And just right up the road.... by western standards. 
    I'm just down the road a bit...by Wyoming standards.
  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 7,037 Senior Member
    Elk creek said:
    Big Al1 said:
    Glenrock is good people!!
    And just right up the road.... by western standards. 
    I'm just down the road a bit...by Wyoming standards.
    Oh yeah? Where’s that? Texas? 
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,889 Senior Member
    I have a customer who buys a lot of older Brownings and always sends them to Midwest Gun Works for refinishing.  I can't recall the name but there's also an A5 resto specialist in Missouri that's well spoken of but not cheap.  

    The difference on the action vs barrel bluing is just the result of different metal content 
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