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Hi all, I'm a new member here, but not new to shooting and hunting.... 50 years now give or take. I've been taking my time on tearing my old model 97 down to refinish the wood and to give the metal a rust blue finish. My problem is that I've got everything stripped except the wood off the action slide bar. I can't get the forend cap nut off the front to get the wood off. I'm hoping someone here has some experience with this. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. P. S. the model is the old takedown model and don't have any screws on the wood, made in 1904. Thanks dano599.
 

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Im not sure about how to tear it done, but are you sure that you want to redo an antigue. They carry alot more appeal if theyre not redone. Redoing them can take well over half the value from it. I dont know what type of shape its in or anything about your particular gun but Im sure I wont be the only one saying this. Im not trying to be smartalic or a jerk. I guess if its a just a shooter wont matter but if its in good condition I would think about it.
 

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Hey thanks jawl_89 , I appreciate the reply . Yes I thought about leaving it alone too, but this is just a shooter and I'd like to make it look as good as it shoots. Thanks for the concern, don't think your a smart#^& glad other people care to respond with legitimate replies. PS if I ever get this going lol, maybe can post some pics. dano599
 

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Hi dano

this is a pump action shotgun? on my Ithaca Mod 37 the the end cap on the forend screwed into place thus holding the wood. I can't recall if it was right or left thread though.
 

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Hi Bianchigirl. Yes this is a pump. I finally got it off and found out it's a right hand thread cap, some of em, just because they're so old get all gummed up and are harder than a bear to get off even with a wrench. I just put some pentrating oil on it and used a punch in one of the slots, (it has one on either side of the mag tube) and got it to move. Another way is to make yourself a wrench by taking an old open end and grinding a couple nubs on it and using that. Saves u about 30 to 40 $. Is your model 37 similiar to this ? I just got done stripping the buttstock down useing a method by a guy on Utube . All u use is hot boiled water Crudcutter and baking soda , takes it off real easy. I can't get the shortcut to show up here for some reason , but anyway , if u do a seach, look under gunstock refinishing by a guy called Iraqveteran8888. It's all non-toxic , biodegradable and no fumes, lol. Well , thanks for replying , hope this helps someone else too. dano.
 

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The AGI Win 1897 video is excellent [unlike SOME AGI videos].

I got two basket case 1897s with enough good parts to build one.
There are 100 parts in an 1897 and some tricky things going on.
The gunsmith that made that video had obviously been working on them for many years.

While I am watching that video, I can swap parts between the basket cases.

Here is a sample:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK0ifwqVKJY

http://www.americangunsmith.com/view.php?id=43
 
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