So my uncle gave me a Springfield Model 187 .22 long rifle as a gift. I love the rifle. I use it to take care of skunks in my yard. When he gave it to me it the stock was kind of well really ugly and I didn't want to touch it. Well I was playing with it today and took it apart. Now I have a couple questions.
It was really dirty and looked like it had not been cleaned for a long time. What is the best way to clean a rifle like this? I have never cleaned a rifle at all before so please be nice.
Also the end of the rifle is pretty scratched up looks like it has a little bit of rust at the end. Nothing to serious but none the less it is rusting. What is the best way to take care of that? I kind of want to make it look newer.
I am thinking about sanding down the stock and painting it a cool color. Well cool for me kind of like a midnight blue. You should see it now it is like a fake leaf camouflage.
If you guys can give me some pointers that would be great thanks. I will try to post pics of everything tomorrow. If this is in the wrong forum I am sorry mods. Thanks again