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As I shelter in place I will post a few photos of the Lefever 47216 as it is now almost finished. Sunshine here so this was an opportunity to get it outside for a couple of photos. From these photos you will see why I will have the barrels refinished. Previous owner(s) must have used a gunny sack full of sand to carry the Lefever. Overall the barrels are solid, just a lot of minute scratching, especially at the breech end.

As for the finish on the wood I am pleased with the use of Velvit Oil Natural. My approach was to use two applications of Pilkington's stain, set, then wiped out with denatured alcohol, then approximately 10 coats of Velvit Oil applied thin and allowed to dry for 48 hours between coats. I used 600/800 wet/dry paper and #0000 steel wool with Wool Lub to rub out between coats starting with application number 3 and working up to 9. Final application 10 has been allowed to cure for the past four weeks.

I learned much from the replies here in this post and on a couple of other posts on this forum. Really good advice and help for working with wood repair and finishing. Thanks to all. From the Flexner book on 'Wood Finishing' I learned about doping-in the deeper scars that I was unable to raise with heat and moisture. I learned that a flat tipped iron with alcohol works wonders along with a small clothes iron and water. (Jeff Jewitt, 'Great Wood Finishes' is also a very useful read). These scars (usually inflicted by right hand carry pushing through the thorn apples on the right side of the stock) remain as witness to 107 years of carry use. All that remains for the wood finish is to apply a good coat of wax. I use MinWax for Walnut.

As for the barrels I will send these off to be refinished. This intricate task I only read about.

So, here is Lefever #47216 today.










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Very nice. Good luck.

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Looks great. Thanks for reporting back with results


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Update: barrels are now away for a complete refinish by Louis Rotelli (Classic Restorations). I will post updated photos of the completed Lefever when Lou completes the work. Check back in September as I hope to be afield with #47216 after timberdoodle and pheasants in October.

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LeFever 47216 final update.
Thank goes to Louis Rotelli at Classic Restorations (203) 788-4920. Barrels polished, dents removed (super job) and refinished in black and white. Beautiful work. Read my comments and take a look at the previous photos to see what I sent him and compare to the finished product back from Lou. Also and important, Lou completed the work on time. Woodcock migration waits for no dog or man.

Lefever G Damascus courtesy of Classic Restorations




The Lefever is now set to head out to harass woodcock here in Ohio. Migrants are just arriving from 'that state up north'.





First woodcock outing November 5, 2020. 1oz, 70g 2F black.

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Next project: Parker GH grade, S#78013, 1893.

This fine Parker is sound mechanically and the wood is in good condition. Requires the checkering on the fore end to be recut as it is still visible but worn quite smooth. Checkering on the stock wrist is in good condition and will require only some pick-up. The barrels have turned brown and have a number of surface blemishes. These will be refinished as well. An excellent winter project.





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Ah, you just have to love the project gun that just keeps on giving and giving. On my second bird outing with the refurbished Lefever its top snap spring gives way after being worked over it's 119 years. Classic Restoration and Lou Rotelli to the rescue. Thanks, Lou.



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Lefever back in business


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Lefever G playing skeet games with the 1894 Remington AE. Another thank you to all who offered advice and assistance in putting the Lefever back in action.


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