I'm writing to warn potential buyers of Caesar Guerini guns. I bought the Summit Trap OU new. I had shot the gun twice (200 rounds total). It was sunny and hot the second day so I wore sunscreen as I'm blonde haired with blue eyes and skin cancer is a serious risk for me. The sunscreen had taken the finish (gloss) off the stock in the areas where my cheek pressed against the comb, the stock and over the comb. It looked horrible.
I contacted Caesar Guerini and spoke with their gunsmith about this. He informed me that this is a known issue due to the "hand rubbed oil finish". He offered me a one time stock touch up that I refused saying that the same thing would only happen again. He agreed and offered to sell me a touch up kit for about $40 containing boiled linseed oil (BLO). I declined that as well.
So I went to the local store and bought boiled linseed oil (less than $10) and after watching Caesar Guerini's web video on applying the BLO I spent a week applying it and then after it was dry put a Minwax paste wax on last per their video. Unfortunately next time out using the gun the same thing happened all over again.
I've owned many trap guns and never had this happen. I contacted the CG gunsmith again and he said many people send them out to get refinished. Are you kidding me? Send a new $6000 gun out to get refinished?
Well, that's what I had to do. It's been 6 weeks since I sent the gun out and I have no clue as to when I might get it back as everyone is very busy. The finish that's being applied is a conversion varnish that is supposedly impervious to sunscreen and is a finish that's very similar to what Browning puts on their guns so I've been told.
To say I'm disappointed and angry is an understatement. I will never buy another Caesar Guerini gun and may very well consider selling it or trading it in after I finally get it back. I just can't believe with all the Caesar Guerini guns out there that no one else has had this issue.