Cleaning/ Caring for Old Guns


SOF Support
Sep 8, 2006
I've acquired my dad's old shotguns and rifles. Years of sitting in his closet without any maintenance have left them rusty and with a white discoloration on the stocks. (One is his dad's Ranger Model 31 which must be 70+ years old).

Obviously, CLP and a rag on the metal for starters. I'm guessing light brushing with a brass wire brush for the more troublesome areas?

Then we have the stocks, all are original. What's the best way to clean those and what should I put on them once cleaned?

Anywho, I have two 30-ish YO Ruger 10/22's, the Ranger 31, a Ruger No. 1 in .270 Winchester (they don't make this one anymore and it's a solid 40 years old), and an Ithaca Model 37 Featherweight which is at least 50-60 years old.

I have no intention of shooting the shotguns, but the 3 Rugers will probably see some range time once they are cleaned up.

Thoughts on what to do after CLP and a rag?

ETA: I've found about 2-3 billion links and videos, and go figure, they agree on almost nothing...hence this thread.