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Anschutz Model 1409 from 1967 - saved from the scrapyard! 
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Post Anschutz Model 1409 from 1967 - saved from the scrapyard!
This old Anschutz target rifle was languishing in a corner safe in our old premises in Oundle town for many years until I discovered it a few years back. I'd never seen it before, and the log showed that it had last been out and used back in 1982. It was covered with a very fine layer of 'dusty' rust, and much of the varnish had peeled off the stock. It was going to be scrapped and the money, if any, going towards a couple of CZ for the clubs noobies to practice on.

It was not far off the saddest thing I'd ever seen, gun-wise, in my life.

Just for a laff, I pushed a rod up the barrel, only to find it as bright as a new pin from one end to the other. I put my spare set of Anschutz sights on it and fired five shots into the same hole at 25m. with that in mind, I made an offer to the club treasurer and having a spare 'slot' on my FAC, I paid up and took it home to work on.

The exposed metal was, as noted, covered with what looked like paprika powder, and using a Birchwood-Casey lead removal cloth [identical in every way to the far cheaper Kleeneeze wonder cloth] I carefully worked over a small part of the rusty metal. SUCCESS!! It took me three weeks and another two cloths to clean it up. The stock required a total strip-down to the bare wood, taking care to retain the complex carved shapes around the thumbhole - every sharp corner is still a sharp corner. The deep cuts on the cheek-piece were too deep to be redeemed, so I had to leave them. they were signs that the rifle had been caught on the edge of the heavy safe door either getting it out or putting it away - shame, eh? The refishn is fifteen coats of satin-finish Min-Wax - again, I don't think you can get it in Europe, but I'm sure there is some equivalent.

The spiffy-looking butt-piece was made to look almost new by the liberal application of a glop we get in Canada and USA called 'Mother's metal polish' - it smells a lot like Solvol Autosol so I'm betting it's the same thing. That sucker took a LOT of hard work, but I think it was worth it.

The scope is one of two I bought from a guy on MT, now gone, and the doodad on the muzzle is a barrel harmoniser - I'm at the stage where anything I can try to improve my shooting is going to get tried.

https://youtu.be/ddXPYYh1yuw

Sorry you can't make comments on Youtube - I'm still trying to figure out the new rules, which don't seem to make any sense at all to me.


22 Jan 2020 16:16
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