I bought a Harrington & Richardson "Gamester" 12 ga bolt action shotgun at a police auction in 1984 for $10. It was kind of rough condition wise and has been sitting in my basement ever since. Here's what it is supposed to be...They were made from 1949-1954 Here is what I got... The good is that it has a walnut stock. It is also a repeater having a two round tube mag. Yeah, that and it works. The bad is that originally it came with a 28" bbl with an adjustable choke. The end of the barrel was pretty buggered up where someone tried to get the choke off and then just cut the barrel. The barrel was actually squished where they had it clamped. It was also missing the rear "dome" sight. Decided to try and refurbish it earlier this summer. I sanded the finish off of the stock. I put a bunch of coats of polyurathane on it to give it a tough finish. The barrel was cut to 18". The bluing on the gun was spotted and faded and their were a bunch of dings, scratches and marks on it. I recently read about someone using high temp engine paint to finish a gun so being the cheapskate that I am I bought a can. Like some of the more expensive gun finishes the engine paint works better if you bake it on. The gun was stripped, cleaned and prepped. I then heated it slightly and then sprayed it with the paint. I built tent out of aluminum foil and fired up my gas grill in the back yard. You want to cover the grill parts with foil so the grease doesn't cook off and get onto the gun. I baked on low for about 40 minutes and let it cool. I then resprayed it, cooked it for 30 minutes and let cool and then repeated it one more time. I used a low gloss black. It takes about a week to fully set up and it gets to be a very hard surface after about a month. It has held up well so far. Turned out well I thought... The original rubber butt pad was rotted so it was replaced. After carrying it up at my hunting property last weekend I am probably going to add sling studs, and maybe a fiber optic front bead. Though not very light nor very handy to shoot what with the bolt action, it does shoot pretty well. I was keeping a decent pattern of bird shot on a target at 25 yards. Even through a few rounds of buck through it. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!