Unscrew the sling swivel instead of the butt plate screw. It's unlikely that yours is salt wood, by now it would look horrible where the action meets the wood if it were.
I'd give the metal, especially below the wood line, a couple of coats of Johnson's Paste Wax or Kiwi Neutral shoe polish just in case.
Aside from the horrible refinish job, that's a very nice gun indeed. Fortunately, that's easily fixed.
Last edited by natman; February 12, 2012 at 03:28 PM.