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I just bought a Nickel Python ser no 53690E with the letter C under the numbers.The gun is in excellent condition.Any one know when it was made.Also is there any special care to be taken to when cleaning a nickel gun.Are any of the normal gun cleaners harmfull to the nickel finish? On my army issue weapon I only use break Free oil.Thanks for any help.

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horse gunner,

Per this site:

http://proofhouse.com/colt/index.html

Yours was made in `77

1977 48301E-86200E,


I don't have the Wilson book handy but the proofhouse info usually jives with Wilson.

I've heard that Hoppe's can harm nickle. Anything with ammonia can hurt the finish. I use Flitz.

What part of NB are you in? My folks were from Saint John,

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Many copper solvents can damage nickel, IF allowed to soak or remain on the finish.

Simply clean your nickel gun the same way you'd normally do with bore solvent to remove the fouling, then immediately wipe all traces off with paper towel.

This will clean the fouling out, but not allow enough time to do any damage.

Probably the best treatment for nickel is to do the same as blued guns: wipe down with a patch with a bit of CLP on it, then wipe off the excess.

Note that CLP is NOT a bore cleaner and will not remove copper fouling and most leading.
 

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Thanks for the info,This gun is so shinny you could shave in it,Any way shes a shooter,but like to take care of it,


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JCM, how well does waxing work on revolvers (and handguns in general)? I have a blued DS I've thought about waxing, and recently got a blued original Series 70. Does the wax stand up to use? Will the occasional Breakfree wipedown degrade it quickly?

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tinfinger,

The wax will come off when the gun is fired. I would think that any oil would also have an effect on it. I apply the wax as the final step in the cleaning process and I don't use oil on the exterior of my guns.

My "always" gun is the "beast", a Smith 340SC, which I carry daily, usually in a pocket holster. I even cover it with a coat of wax. Since Renaissance Wax is colorless, I can't tell if it wears off or not. Waxing a Sc/Ti is probably a waste of time but habits are hard to break.

Shooting a waxed gun does provide some interesting smoke patterns and it doesn't smell bad.

I chose to use Renaissance after reading an article about it in the Rifleman. If you do use wax, just make sure it has no abrasives in it. My nickle Model 27 gleams like a mirror after a coating of the wax. My blued guns also shine very nicely and I don't ever see any rust,

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