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What is it, and how is it caused? I was looking at a Browning Superposed .

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Morton salt company sold Browning on a new idea to speed up wood drying by using salt. It worked but they did not always get all of the salt out of the wood. And we all know what salt does to steel. Most of these so called salt guns are from the 60's and 70's.

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Also not all salt guns are bad. Some they got all of the salt out and or the finish protected the metal from the salt. The easiest way to tell is check under the forearm for rust and pits. By now if the salt was going to show through it would have.

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So I should stay clear of any gun that has salt wood.
correct?
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If you see the signs of salt damage (rust), yes.  Unless you pick it up very cheap.  Another easy way to check for salt is to pull the screws in the buttplate.  If they've been surrounded by salt wood for 40+ years, they'll show rust.

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Most of the guns show damage around the visible edges of the metal by now.  But it is not adequate to check under the forearm because the forearm wood is not generally related to the buttstock wood.
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just going from memory but I remember that the salt wood issue runs from 1967 to 1972 or 73. It was an issue pretty much with higher grade Superposed and Hi-Power safari and higher grade rifles. It was the highly figured wood that Browning was having an issue sourcing that got the burried in salt treatment. I think long tang round knob guns seem to have less issue.

Look where wood and metal meet, pull a screw from the butt plate on Superposed and drop the barreled action out of rifles. I wouldn't always avoid guns from this period but I would check closely for issues.
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I think I had one.

In 1969 I bought a Winchester Model 70 when I was stationed in Kodiak Alaska.  

Took it moose hunting for a week. It rained every day.

When I took it apart to clean it there was rust between wood & metal.

I got rid of it & bought a Ruger M77. Did not have the same problem (& it rains alot in Alaska).

But after 30-40 years I'd think anything wrong with an old gun will have popped up already.
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Lots of info here http://artsgunshop.com/
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