A dear friend left me a few of his old guns because he "...knew I would get their soul back and use 'em...". I use old Carl's Ithaca Featherlite almost exclusively for squirrels. I was able to share that with him before he passed. I came across the box o' parts that was his J.C. Higgins bolt action that he always wanted to get put back together. Why it was dis-assembled, I didn't ask at the time. A 12 gauge in fair to middlin' shape with just honest wear from a lifetime of use. I used acetone and extra fine steel wool to get what little was left of the original finish off. The wood was also darkened at the middle of the gun from being carried all over creation for years. The metal is soaking in Kroil right now. I'll try to get it as far apart as I can later today.