Im rehabing an old Mossberg Model 185 DC. The 185 DC was made from 1955 – 1958. This gun like most of the guns that come my way is in very bad shape and missing the magazine but I know a source for a factory replacement. It is not a particularly valuable gun but I like a challenge. I do not intend to create a show piece but rather a functional and usable hunting gun. The original owner no longer wants the gun but didnt want to just throw it away so he gave it to me and said if I wanted to clean it up I could keep it.
Back in the day it cost $26.
There is no finish remaining on the wooden stock and it has some stains.
The bolt is pretty rusty.
And there is a good deal of rust on the outside of all the metal parts..
I would have thrown the gun away if it were not for the bore. I was surprised to find it shiny and in great condition.
Let the fun begin.