Hi Ansar, It depends how you want it to look.
1st thing would be just to clean very well, use oil and fine steel wool and apply oil to metal parts and rub gently, when a brown mess appears, clean away with a rag and continue, do not rub too hard, you are only trying to remove surface rust.
When done, if the gun is a bit brown, but is not damaged by rust (pitted / scarred), then is best to leave alone.
If the gun is very bad, like it has been for years in the sea, then maybe you could restore. The photos you have shown are by a man in New Zealand who prefers like me to restore guns if very bad, some people do not like to do this, it is a personal choice.
The shiny photo is a gun and parts that have been carefully worked on for maybe 20-30 hours by hand until all marks are gone, the metal is then put in chemicals to make it black as in the other photo.
If you leave the gun shiny it has no protection, and will rust and go dull quickly unless oil is applied every time it is used or touched. To make a gun shiny you need to get it nickle plated, and before this it has to be made as shiny as in the first photo!
The black finish (bluing) is to protect the metal.
A scope, well again a personal thing, but not easy to do well, I would leave alone as these L guns shoot very well, but are not a powerful gun for hunting, so just enjoy in your garden at range say up to 25-30 yards.
just some ideas, everyone has different preferences, but always try to get the gun as best you can with the wire wool and oil as you may be very surprised at the difference, to restore by polishing and bluing will take away all the gun's history!
|This message has been edited by edbearthree on Mar 17, 2012 4:31 PM|