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Cleaned up an 1884 Trapdoor Springfield

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Cleaned up an 1884 Trapdoor Springfield

#1 Post by PennsylvaniaRifleman » Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:11 pm

The president of my local historical society asked if I would be willing to clean up an "old rifle" they want to put on display. I agreed, wondering what she would bring me. I was thrilled to find it's an 1884 trapdoor. Here's a before and after pic. Now the only problem is that I really want one. I came close to picking one up many years ago...wish I had!
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#2 Post by indy1919a4 » Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:33 pm

Nice clean up, how did it get so bad in the 1st place???

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#3 Post by vandle » Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:35 pm

Cleaned up very nicely.

what type of products did you use?
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#4 Post by PennsylvaniaRifleman » Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:07 pm

indy1919a4 wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:33 pm
Nice clean up, how did it get so bad in the 1st place???
An "old man" recently donated it during one of their living history days, so at least it wasn't the historical society that let it get that way!

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#5 Post by Enfield Shooter » Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:10 pm

That is a very nice clean up. Well done sir! When you get your Trapdoor, you will wonder what took you so long to get your own!
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#6 Post by PennsylvaniaRifleman » Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:13 pm

vandle wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:35 pm
Cleaned up very nicely.

what type of products did you use?
Superfine steel wool, 3 in 1 oil for the rust and some linseed oil for the stock. Here's some more pics. I think they will be thrilled when I give it back--even I didn't think it would clean up as well as it did. The bore is bright.
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#7 Post by PennsylvaniaRifleman » Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:18 pm

Sorry for the picture issues. Not sure why it's flipping all my pictures over when I post now and won't let me edit the posts to change/delete pics...

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#8 Post by Enfield Shooter » Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:25 am

Again, very nice!
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#9 Post by indy1919a4 » Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:27 pm

After all of this, you will just have to suck it up and get yourself one :)

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#10 Post by Cattus Borealis » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:31 pm

Very nice Trapdoor!

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#11 Post by jbrower » Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:58 am

Based on the serial number it was made in early (Feb-Mar) 1890.

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#12 Post by M67 » Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:30 am

Wonderful work and beautiful old rifle!
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#13 Post by tired bear » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:26 pm

A beautiful job considering what you started with. I have a 73 TD, made in 1884, been in the family since 53. My Dad, bless his heart, made a wall hanger out of it in the mid 50's. Varnished the stock and painted the metal parts gold. After I inherited it in the late 80's the gold was all but flaked off but the stock was pristine, never sanded and complete with inspector's stamp. I did a careful strip down of the stock and redid it with Blo and lightly buffed the metal with 0000 steelwool. Had a local GS fix the firing pin that had been stuck solid since the 50's. Replaced the upper barrel band because the sling loops were missing, replaced the trigger housing sling loop that was missing and found a proper cleaning rod. The GS tested the firing pin but other than that it hasn't been fired since my Dad bought it in 53 for $15.00. It's still a wall hanger but at least it's complete and in working order now.
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#14 Post by retread12345678 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:38 pm

Really wonderful job. Amazing how some of this old iron cleans up. Is the cartouche visible???

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Re: Cleaned up an 1884 Trapdoor Springfield

#15 Post by SWIHARTMARK » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:21 pm

Given your restoration skills, I would bet you could score a trapdoor for a song and bring it back quite easily. I would just be on the look out with one with a good bore and I think you could fix the rest. Anything you put some elbow grease and effort into only makes it worth more to yourself in the end. Never met anybody at the range who wasn't more impressed by a trapdoor than any AR-15.

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