Many thanks for your advice. The photos make the gun look far worse than it is. There is only specs of rust fuming through the original paint. Most of the ones we see now have sadly been re painted.
I have stripped it and oiled it today, I did not clean it either before taking the photos, half of what the photos show is dust and dirt.
I will have a look at the wool and hand cleaner.
Many thanks again.
In your case it should work really well. I had a 1898 Krag that was lightly pitted and while it can't remove the pits, if any, it took off all the light rust and didn't harm the bluing. I hope it works for you. Remember go very lightly with the 0000 steel wool.
I am selling the gun so I need to decide whether to give it a go as you say? or sell cheaper as it is? what do you think?
when you decide on price , drop me a line pls
In answer to your question I would attempt to clean it up as best you can then try to sell it. I don't think you have anything to loose. If you are successful you should recover quite a bit more than if you leave it in it's present condition.
If I have no takers today then I will give it a good clean tomorrow.
Will keep you informed and many thanks again.
This STEN is intresting in that it has a NP nitro proof stamp. What is the date on the Deac stamp? This may have been a semi conversion before they were banned.