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Hey Everyone Tim from northern New York here. i stumbled onto graybeard while looking for info on my grandfathers Topper 88 12ga. Ive had this gun for quite a few years and now that I'm out of work for awhile due to the Chinese virus i thought i'd try to clean up the old topper. It is in very bad shape. I was able to clean up the outer part of the barrel and prep it for the Birchwood Casey cold blue kit. The Hammer was broke and i did find one on ebay, currently waiting for it to come. I've been really trying to get the rust cleaned up inside of the barrel. Its been a chore to say the least. i have the front part looking great the the rear part still looked to be pitted quite badly. The receiver was rusted some and i am going to have to redo that as well. So i will be looking for recommendations on what to use and how to do it.
We also have some other H&R's. my favorite is my dads topper 590 deluxe youth model. i carried that for hunting hares up on tug hill in my youth even though i had a pardner .410 (SB1). After reading a bit i'm really intrigued on the different caliber barrels and such that can work on these guns and would like to learn more about that. Feel free to pm with any info and recommendations. The Topper was my grandfathers and he passed quite a few years ago, my main goal is to be able to get it looking good and usable, i'd like to carry it this fall and maybe even kill a duck or goose with it. Thanks for letting me on board!
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Welcome to the GBO Forums. Find the H&R Handi-rifle Forum, from the Forums Index or linked below in my signature for starters, and read through the information there. Those GBO Members will give you significant insight and recommendations. We're all Handi-haulics here. I know that I am.
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Hello Tim and Welcome to the GBO forums. This is a great place. Pull up a chair and sit a spell.

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Welcome aboard! You'll fit in with the group just fine.

I acquired a very old 16Ga a few years back, many of the same challenges. The rusty bore submitted to Naval Jelly, (just be sure to get it all back out), and some light emery followed by crocus cloth wrapped around a bore mop cleaned up the chamber like new. A coating of Birchwood Casey Barricade prevents future rusting after you clean each time.

And I'm not one of the regular H&R gurus! You came to the right place!
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Welcome! I've killed plenty of ducks and geese with my H&R 16 gauge Topper 88 so good luck getting the 12 gauge back in action.

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