I am holding on to some old rifles for my Grandfather until he gets home from out of the country. The first one it a marlin lever action rifle with a octagon barrel, it says model 1893 with serial #405863 and on the top of the barrel it says patent oct 11 1887, april 2 1889, august 1 1893.It has very slight surface rust I think should come off with a good cleaning that I plan on doing, as you can see the wood is in good shape just a few small nicks and scratches. If you need more info or pics of this one let me, also I do not know what year it is hopefully you guys will.
The next rifle is a Winchester model 94 30-30 serial #305922 from 1967 it is in ok shape the wood towards the butt of the gun has some water damage and will have to be redone and their is some pitting on the receiver and a few rust spots down the barrel. let mee know if you need more info on this one. CLICK OR COP LINKS TO SEE PICS
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Christ sake DO NOT CLEAN THEM anything that you can't do with a bottle of Hoppe's 9 and a rag will lower the value! They are still each at least a 600-800 gun (unless you cleaned it).
I disagree concerning the value of the 1967 vintage Model 94. It is at best a $250 gun (without the water damage). You should remove the butt plate, soak it for at least 12-hours in Kroil, then using a copper or bronze wire brush, gently scrub all of the corrosion off of it. It will leave behind bare steel, but the corrosion needs to be curtailed. After cleaning the butt plate, you can either have it reblued, or just keep a light coat of gun oil on it.
The butt stock may or may not be repairable. If there is any indication of rot or bacterial damage, toss it in the fireplace and find a replacement stock. If the wood is still sound, lightly sand and refinish it. Do not reinstall the cleaned butt plate on the old stock until it has been repaired or replaced.
As for the Marlin, it too needs to be cleaned up. The first step is to remove the walnut stocks and set them aside. The next step is to apply a very liberal coating of Kroil to all of the rusty areas, let it sit overnight, then using copper or bronxe wool (wetted with Kroil), gently scrub all of the surface rust clean. Use only the amount of elbow grease (pressure) needed to remove the rust spots. After you get everything cleaned up, apply a very light coat of regular gun oil to all of the exposed surface areas. The stocks can be cleaned using an quality wood furniture cleaning oil. Never use gun oil on the stocks.
Clean the bores of both guns with Hoppe's No. 9
Last comment... it appears that both guns were stored in a damp environment. After you get them cleaned up, store them somewhere where it is warm and dry.