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Old 07-13-2014, 08:37 PM   #1
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i have a blued police service six made in 1985, it has just very minor frecks of rust spots or some little specks of something in with the bluing on the cylinder only the frame is speck free. i've used oil 0000 wool, eraser and copper penny. i've got it to the point of it being smooth and i'm keeping it oiled. there is no pitting on the gun at all. the gun has at least 90% bluing left with just a little off at the barrel tip, and locks up solid tight when in firing position. i contacted the previous owner who admitted he kept it in a leather holster which caused the rust on the cylinder, he bought it new and said less than 2000 rds have been thru it. i can't afford a new reblue job as i'm on a fixed income and making ends meet is hard enough. my neighbor has offered me a trade, he has a taurus 65 stainless and a rossi stainless both with 4 inch barrel and he has offered me choice, he brags alot how stainless won't rust trying to get me to trade. they look good but don't lock up as tight as my service six. i love my ruger but it being blued bothers me as i got it to use in the outdoors. i keep it clean and oiled regular so no rust will appear. i've tried to take pics but the rust or whatever the frecks are is so small that it won't show them. everything on the gun is now smooth and running my fingers over the spots, nothing can be felt. i want to keep my service six but rust bothers me, if i knew it wouldn't come back i'd be ok with it, i keep it well oiled. so for those on here what would you do? if you couldn't get it reblued would you keep the ruger or trade? thanks for any help

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take this for what it's worth. i have owned many Taurus pistols over the years, and have had very good luck with all i have owned, but there is no way i would trade that Ruger for a Taurus.

Taurus revolvers are good revolvers, but not near as good as the older Rugers.

i wouldn't even make the trade if he was offering both of his revolvers f9or your Ruger!

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Stainless does develop pitting. Looks like rust to me.


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I am with AXXE on this one! I would choose the Ruger you have over any of those in the trade offer. If the cylinder is an issue I would call Ruger and check on sending it in to Ruger. They may be able to redue it for a reasonable price. In fact you might be surprised! Or check around on the Internet for a quality Ruger service shop! I had the same thing happen to me years ago as a new Deputy Sheriff with my new S&W Model 27 5". Smith took it and did not charge me a dime. And the new bluing job looked like black candy or glass! It was fantastic and even better than the two months before when I purchased it! Litttle speckles on the cylnder just like yours! So it would be worth a call to Ruger to check and see!
But my personal opinion regardless is "KEEP THE RUGER"!

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Stainless does develop pitting. Looks like rust to me.


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stainless steel can develop rust as well, depending on what the alloy content is.
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stainless steel can develop rust as well, depending on what the alloy content is.
I have a textured, stainless Sringfield M6 Scout. How can I get the rust off? If it was smooth, I could polish it.


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I have a textured, stainless Sringfield M6 Scout. How can I get the rust off? If it was smooth, I could polish it.


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textured? honestly i don't know, since i have never run across any that were textured. very, very fine steel wool and gun oil maybe.
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I keep it oiled now.


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Unless I am mistaken I believe most of the Springfield Scout Rifles had a parkerized finish on them. A lot of them went to the military who specified the Parkerized finish. Some research on your part will verify my thoughts!
If in fact it is parkerizing you can prep it and reparkerize it. The color of the Parkerization may vary so you would need to do the entire weapon. It can be accomplished by almost anyone who follows the instructions. Brownells use to carry the kit to do it. When I was the Range Master and Senior Armorer for the Metro PD I parkerized a many a Remington 870 Shotgun so I know you could also do it. Just want to be sure to plug the barrel tight to prevent any from getting into the bore! On occasion I did have some seep into the bore of the shotgun but would not affect the operation. Just would need to wear off. It is a simple process and only takes a minimum amount of heat to warm the solution on a stove and a metal pan big enough to hold the parts. Very Simple process!
By using steel wool or any other abrasive on your finish it will make that area smoother and also shiny if you go through the parkerizing! It is only a few thousands thick on the metal. How long have you had that Scout Rifle? I think the last production date for them was around 1980 if I recall correctly??? But you can't find them very often so it is definitely worth keeping and refinishing if you choose. Some have went for some good money! Otherwise I would keep it in it's "original condition" and as you mentioned just keep it oiled! To refinish it could effect the value! If you are like me I would not plan on selling it anyway! To me it is a good piece to pass down to your family!

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I bought it new. They had them parkerized or stainless and choice of .22LR or .22 magnum. I paid an extra hundred bucks or so for the stainless model because I thought it wouldn't rust.


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