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the restoration of colors is nothing short of astonishing...looking forward to this project being recorded pictorially.

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Well today we have a little progress on the forend.

A complete strip and clean of the forend wood often makes some of the component pieces fall apart. Notice the horn tip off to the side. At least with this gun, we didn't have to make a new horn tip.

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As is often the case, some of the wood had been damaged beyond repair and needed to be replaced. On the first Daly it was really just at various small points along the bead edge. With this one it was a fairly substantial piece that needed to be spliced in.

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And now we have the tip back on properly and the rest of the forend in good shape.

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Here's what that splice looks like when it's all finished.

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While on the subject of the wood, there were similar issues with the stock. When stripping and prepping, the oval and the little grip tip dislodged and needed to be re-installed properly.

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We also needed to do a little reshaping of the trigger guard tang. Of course, when bending the stock, the bend then changes how the tang needs to fit so some work was done to get the tang to conform properly in its new location. Claudio did this particularly well....when your hand grips the wrist, it is a seamless transition across the wood and metal.

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The next bit of work was on the ejector box. You all are probably familiar with the iconic "cats eye" locator pins on Prussian Daly ejectors. Both pins had been somewhat mangled and not just the slots. They both had their threads stripped, just spinning in place.

The original pins had to be removed and the whole assembly dismantled. Then new pins were made and hardened.

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The stripped holes were plugged and then re-tapped.

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Finally the whole assembly put back together. Happily the rest of the ejector system is working quite well. In fact it was working well prior to discovering these pins had been stripped.

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Great work, thanks for the demonstration.
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I absolutely love your running photo documentary of Claudio’s superb work, Cback. Please put up as much as you can for our enjoyment and education.
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Glad you are enjoying it Mike and John. Have no plans to quit. It's simply limited by Claudio's time (he's got a bit of a backlog these days) and my gun money supply. LOL As I mentioned earlier, we have a Lindner Daly Diamond 20 gauge waiting in the wings. So we aren't short of suitable candidates. grin


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Canvasback,
Following this thread has been very enjoyable. I've seen Claudio's work in a gun book before, simply amazing! I appreciate you effort to share>
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This is one of the better threads I can remember ever reading here. Thanks to you James, and Claudio, for the excellent pics and for sharing them with us.


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Originally Posted by Parabola
Probably a very silly question, but does ultrasonic cleaning simply expose case colouring that is there under the accumulated crud, or does the process in some way re-activate the colours on the surface layer.

Either way the results are most impressive.

Excellent question. I agree that the ultrasonic cleaning "uncovers" the original colors. I recall a photograph that Oscar Gaddy included in his wonderful two part treatise on cch that showed what the surface of cch steel looks like under an electron microscope. It is an amazing picture showing crystalline shaped forms that comprise the surface. These refract light in such a way as to cause the eye to see the colors. Even though the surface feels very smooth to the touch, those shapes are present, until worn away, at which time the colorful effects are lost. It just stands to reason that years of accumulated dirt and grime can work it's way between those minute, shaped, structures on the surface, causing the light to no longer be refracted, by being blocked.

Actually, the cleaning away of all that grime does constitute a "re-activation" I guess.


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