I lucked into a Springfield 1922 M1 today - as far as I can tell, never upgraded, never touched by bubba. It's been in Australia a VERY VERY long time - I suspect it's been here since WW2 when the USAAF was in northern Australia.
Anyway, it needs some tidying up - VERY gently of course. Ballistol or similar on the wood (and NOTHING else), and some solvent cleaning on the metal - I tested it, and 90% of it is dried/hardened/varnished linseed and grease, and dirt, plus a LITTLE air rust. It looks worse than it really is - nothing and no one has touched it for 40 years! Bore incidentally, may as well be new.
The bolt matches, though as you can seee would benefit from a conservative polish. Nothing agressive, just tidy it up with some fine brass wool and oil. To me, the bolt handle looks to NEVER have been polished - it definitely looks to be dark finished - black parkerising or rust blue. Did any of these NOT have completely polished bolts? The cocking piece looks the same - never was polished. I could be wrong and it is just very patinated, but...
As to the barrelled action, were these black parkerised or rust blued, or??? Just need to know so I can plan my method of clean up better.
It WAS missing the magazine, but I bought 2 of those tonight. It hurt... the 2 mags cost me $225, which is a little over half of what I paid for it (yes, the rifle cost me $400 Australian - that's about $420 US). I think I did OK.
As you may see if you are keen to detail, the rear sight elevation indicator and screw is missing - anyone know where to get one? (the mounting screw was out in this shot as I had started disassembling the sight to clean it - stiff as all get out from dried gunk!)
Appreciate any help with this one. I am VERY receptive to comments/criticism/advice, so fire away, PLEASE!