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I am refinishing an old belgum browning A-5 shotgun . I am going to use duracoat for the finish. I was wondering whether to use the matte black, or the semi gloss black. I would like to get close to the original finish as possible.
thanks, T M
 

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If you want to replicate the original finish - which I would very strongly recommend - take it to a reputable gunsmith and have it reblued with field-grade polishing (when a weapon is reblued, the old finish and many of the scratches are buffed off first - fancy schmancy weapons are highly polished, more utilitarian weapons are given a less shiny field-grade buffing. A good reblueing requries hot-tank blueing, which is beyond the capabilities of the home hobbiest.

You've got a fine shotgun on your hands there, it's worth it.

Make sure your shotgun doesn't have significant collectors' value before you refinish it. It probably doesn't, but I'd make sure, first.
 

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I think I am going to just order a new buttstock, and forearm from browning. I think I an going to leave the original finish like it is for now. I have found out (today) that it was made in 1903, and has a serial number of 99. I figured I would ruien the value of it if I altered it, and seeing it is 101 years old it will make it a little longer .

Thanks for the info, T M
 
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