One year, during Christmas break, I refinished the stock in the basement of my folks’ house. I stripped the old finish with Zip-Strip and 0000 steel wool. I rubbed several coats of Tru-Oil on it, knocked the shine down a bit with burlap, and the wood looked a lot better, although it made the metal look even worse by comparison. By the time I graduated from college, steel shot was the law of the land and the gun was relegated to the closet. I hunted doves with it a time or two in the ’90s, and I took it out a few times in those years to shoot some sporting clays, but that was about it. About 10 years after that, hard-up for gun money, I sold it to a family friend.