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A buddy of mine picked up an old shotgun, he would like me to clean it up. Before i start i would like some idea of it's value,(don't want to mess with it if it has any great value). It is a single shot 10ga(i think) external hammer the break open lever is in front of the trigger guard.All i can make out on the lock is St.Etienne, (french mfg?). Has anyone seen something like this? He does'nt want to shoot it only for decor.
 

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Yes, we've seen lots that match your limited description. St. Etienne has been the address of dozens (maybe hundreds?) of firearms manufacturers going back to the days of matchlocks. I can't see you doing much that would reduce the value of a single-shot break-action breech-loader. They usually bring less than $100 even in better condition than your friend's seems to be. I wouldn't go too far with the cleaning anyway. Use a good wood cleaner and furniture polish on the stock, bronze wool and gun oil to remove any rust without damaging any remaining original finish, then re-assemble it with a light coat of gun oil and put it over the mantle. Maybe the cleaning will reveal some proofmarks or other clues to the actual manufacturer.
 
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