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#608045 12/18/21 05:51 PM
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What series Belgian Mfg'd. models were affected by this Fuvar- aprox. what time frame. I am looking at 2 Belgian A-5 Lighttwelves-LTRK VR barrels-- any risk with those models?? RWTF


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Browning salt wood years were 1966-71.

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So, all the Belgian mfg. Brownings made in that time frame could have salt infected stocks?RWTF


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Mostly high grade guns (stocks) but could be any of them.
Here's a good explanation of what happened.

https://shotgunreport.com/2013/05/22/browning-salt-wood-explained/

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There are also some fancy salt wood blanks floating around . Bobby

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If the gun isn't rusted where the wood meets metal, you should be OK. It has been 50 years, if the gun has salt wood it has rusted by now.


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I had that problem on a Ruger Number 1 from 1976. I always figured it was a bluing salts problem coming from the metal but maybe they ended up with some of that wood and it was coming from the wood.

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Ruger did get in on some salt cured wood as did Winchester.
W/O testing the wood blanks for it, you really can't tell just by looking at the stuff.
It's not that it' was a new (at time) discovery for how to quickly cure the wood. The furniture industry and others had been using it for a long time..
Some other pre WW2 European guns from smaller makers will show up with the nasty rust pitting under the wood line as well,,all due to salt cured wood.

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I restocked a nice 20 ga sterlingworth a few years back and had to throw the fancy crotch stock away after all that work! I also restocked a sterlingworth 20 for my son in fancy crotch blank and now cannot remove top tang screw and there is evidence of rust in several spots on tangs! Bobby

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There was a superposed for sale on GA a few months ago that had beautifully figured wood. Unfortunately, the rear of the action looked like the wheel wells of an old car in a place that salts the road. Beautiful wood, fine gun, both ruined by haste.

Bobby, I don't know if there's a way to test wood blanks for salt, but there should be. A man shouldn't have to use a Fox as a test medium.


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