To Polish the Brass Furniture or Not?

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  1. May 23, 2019 #21

    WRustyLane

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    I agree. No to polishing. I love the patina that the rifle gun exhibits. I also use a cleaning swab to wipe on the brass to ensure the patina.
     
  2. May 24, 2019 #22

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    That sure is shiny! Hahaha!!
    IMG_20190523_185956.jpg
     
  3. May 24, 2019 #23

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    Lol. That what mine looked like. Now that's patina!
     
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    I like shiny. Probably too lazy to do it, but I like muzzleloaders that look brand new, unless they aren't replicas.

    An original, I wouldn't think about touching the patina.
     
  5. May 24, 2019 #25

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    You really need to get out more....:)
     
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  6. May 24, 2019 #26

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    If you have new/old Bently you keep it shiny & new, if you drive a ratty old dodge truck, you let the patina flourish.
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  7. May 24, 2019 #27

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    I do not polish brass on my guns as it will also rub wood finish.
     
  8. May 24, 2019 #28

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    I rub black powder residue on my brass accruements after shooting, just to keep the patina intact.
     
  9. May 25, 2019 #29

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    I'm planning on using my TC Hawken for hunting.
    I'm letting the brass patina.
     
  10. May 25, 2019 #30

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    I DO NOT polish on purpose/cause I can,,23 years Navy,never polish brass again,EVER.
     
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  11. May 26, 2019 #31

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    Back in 'the day', I'm pretty sure the only time you would see shiny anything on a gun would be when it was new or military. When hunting (for anything), the sudden glint off shiny furniture could startle game. Reflection could also reveal your position to an enemy miles away. (I have signalled helicopters to me with a tiny mirror from a mile or more). Military probably wouldn't giva hoot most of the time, but I'm pretty sure a lone trapper in hostile territory would hoot a lot, and let the brass get dull asap. All that aside, if you like shiny brass; go for it; it's your gun.
     
  12. May 26, 2019 #32

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    Did the original Hawken, etc... even come with brass bits on them?
     
  13. May 26, 2019 #33

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    Question please. I just purchased some Renaissance Wax, heard lots of good things about it. After you polish the brass and put a coat of the wax on it does it prevent tarnishing from happening and if so for how long on an average. Thanks Art
     
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    Yes they made some brass and silver mounted rifles. They turned out a few fowling prices and small bore fine rifles Their plains guns were mostly iron mounts but the key plates could be silver. Most of the guns that had a butt trap had a cap box instead of a patch box, but brass patch boxes were found on some of their guns.
     
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    The answer to this question caries a lot of depends with it. Hawken rifles in 50 or 45 caliber and smaller were offered to the local St. Louis and Missouri trade for hunting or target shooting. Some of these Hawken "squirrel" rifles had brass furniture. I know of one J. P. Gemmer rifle made in the plains rifle architecture made after the civil war in 45 caliber with iron furniture. I have also seen photos of the brass mounted rifles. Maybe in Hanson or Baird's books. What is surprising is that these look very much like a T/C Hawken or contemporary with a Dimick rifle. Dimick rifles were quite popular and they had brass furniture.
    Take a look: https://namlhunt.com/uploads/3/4/2/2/34220093/published/h-e-dimick-rifle_1.jpg?1487774673
     
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    As far as ‘et cetera’ Leman, Henry, Derringer, Dickert et cetera brass mounted most of their guns made for the western trade.
     
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    Yes it does. I have brass accoutrements that look great after over 10 years. They never get harsh cleaning fluid on them though.
     
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    That is funny! I did four years in Uncle Sam’s canoe club myself. I still polish shoes and brass, but I don’t spit shine shoes. LOL
     
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    That is funny! I did four years in Uncle Sam’s canoe club myself. I still polish shoes and brass, but I don’t spit shine shoes. LOL

    Military school and 4 years in the Air Force, I still polish my shoes (not spit polish) and brass on my rifles get a nice shine. I like shiny.
     
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    Ok, so some like shiny, some like patina. For those who like a nice patina, how do YOU get a patina on your brass in less that 10 years? I've tried waiting and it looks kinda raggedy more than aged. (Of course I'm aged and the wife says I look pretty raggedy too.)

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