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Old December 21, 2008, 05:55 PM   #1
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Refinish Win Model 62A???

I own a Winchester Model 62A (circa 1946). This rifle is very accurate and works flawlessley. I still hunt with it occasionally.

However, given its age and use, the finish, both barrel and stocks are worn. I would like to know if it is just better to leave it in its current condition or have it refinished.

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Old December 21, 2008, 07:23 PM   #2
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There is no question about it. Leave the finish alone.
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Old December 21, 2008, 07:35 PM   #3
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I have one just like that, and a Win 63 Auto to match. I vote for leaving it just like it is, adds class.
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Old December 21, 2008, 07:56 PM   #4
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Keep it clean and keep it oiled and leave it alone. It is worth more
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Old December 21, 2008, 08:11 PM   #5
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Don't do anything to it except keep it clean, oiled, and well cared for.
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Old January 5, 2009, 09:45 PM   #6
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Nooooo, pleeease don't touch.
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Old January 5, 2009, 11:45 PM   #7
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Leave it alone. the only thing you want to add is oil,oil and more oil. Maybe a little lemon OIL on the stock.
Nice gun.
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Old February 7, 2009, 02:50 AM   #8
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jckeffer, Hey. As I said in my post (Re. Wife wants to shoot long range ), I gave my 62A to my wife. It is the one she really likes to shoot, and I take her to the range several times a year to break clays and stuff with .22's. I grew up with that rifle, and being the youngest I ended up with it. Then I taught all my kids to shoot with it. (and a whole bunch of others). I have a sweet shooting Model 61 hammerless as well as several bolt .22's. I asked her which one she wanted and her choice was obvious.

I would not do any restoration to one of these as it does take away value. Mine was rebarreled just before my dad got it sometime in the middle 60's. Also mine has a very small and smooth (no grooves) forearm. I have never seen another like it, they all have the long ribbed one like yours.

My care for the 62A is I have been wiping it down with 3 in 1 oil for 40 years stock included.

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Old February 7, 2009, 09:36 AM   #9
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I agree with the others, don't refinish the gun.
As for the oil, go easy on the oil. To much oil and it might soak into the wood of the stock causing it to become soft, which may cause the stock to break.
Normal cleaning and wipe down and you should be fine, and that fine old gun will last a very long time.
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