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Old 05-22-2014, 05:46 PM   #91
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I think its almost done. Smut was much less and the color still very even and the grain even finer. Once more and I'll see what it looks like about 5 or 6 PM after another boil and carding. But, experience tells me this Ol Gal has about as much color as she'll take and further work will likely not result in better color. That being the case, after dinner tonight may be cleaning and oiling all the parts for morning assembly.

In any event, I couldn't be happier with the look of the finish on the frame and barrel.

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This is a pretty cool process to see done, especially considering how detailed the thread is. Kudos! Looking forward to seeing the finished product

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I'm thinkin after dinner photos are likely to be of cleaned and oiled parts resting for final assembly.

Tomorrows photos could well be the assembled gun out in good sunlight and if I'm lucky, a trip to the range to get it dirty for the first time again!

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Old 05-23-2014, 02:25 AM   #94
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This is the first revolver I've rust blued. Its a difficult job. More so than most rifles. Hard to hold, hard to coat, hard to card and hard to get into every space. But it turned out pretty good. This and next post are the pics of all the parts blued. A few dings and pits in the metal, one light spot I think I can darken but over all, very very nice and I'm quit pleased. The finish holds up very well on rifles but holsters are hard, durn hard on finish...including stainless. Time will tell but if this one winds up a safe queen I'll be upset....I think it would make a very fine every day companion breaking brush in the woods or working around the farm.

But here are the parts....all coated in Rig and Hoppes and resting one final night before assembly. Tomorrow morning should see it assembled and dry fired....maybe live fired too!!!



Good color match.



Good color match up front too.



From above, a tiny patch of pale finish near the barrel frame junction...perhaps some oils wicked out of the threads.....anyhow, I'll try a touch up in the AM to blend it. If not...no worries, it'll fit in with some of the pimples and pits acquired since this one came along in the 60s. Incidently, cleaned the bore, it looks great inside. Its a very strong bore for its age and pretty darn smooth. As I saw earlier in the build, it shoots very well.



The other side....the small pits on the recoil shield are not too noticeable, no more so than they were originally. There are a couple more on the cylinder, front of the frame and a slight mark on the barrel. All acquired fairly over the years and not out of place or unexpected on a working gun.



A quick look out back. Still some more tooth brush work to do inside to get the recesses a bit cleaner and I need to work on the screw and pin holes with q tips in the morning to clean em out.



Remember this part? It was a while back....

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Just nudging some of the major parts closer together for a look it over kinda shot.....not bad. Black and brass and a semi flat gate and pretty nice grip that came out of that rick of maple fire wood...it even fits okay.



And over to the other side.....



Last ones...some of the frame and barrel with less glare.....



From above....



Left side....



Quartering away, best take yer shot now!

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Very very nice, sir.

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Lots of clean up work to do in the AM before assembly. Should be able to get pics in the sunlight showing the flaws and the true colors too. I think it'll make a great daily companion for woods, farm stead, etc.

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Lets go over pimples and dimples first. I've never accomplished perfection on my own even with a perfect starting platform. This one came to me with a great condition bore and reasonably tight cylinder fit and it already had the Ruger transfer bar conversion. So the game was on. The gun had a few marks and I've included a cosmetic flaw or two of my own.....seems I always do. But the overall package is more than decent and I like it a lot. I'm not a fan of safe queening any gun and so, a few minor imperfections are like the first scratch in the bed of a new truck....glad to have it, now I can stop worrying and get busy and use it!

A spot or two of light pitting of the cylinder came with the gun, more than I'd prefer to polish out and I seem to have added a spot or two to the rust blue in close proximity to the pitting. Don't know what happened....the process was clean, clean and the spots are darker....typically a spot is a bit lighter. I dunno, but I'll go with it.



At the top of the frame, I don't think these are pits....given a mark on the barrel top I suspect these are boink marks from rough handling or perhaps a drop onto a rough surface....maybe someone was twirlin it rather inexpertly!



Back here on the recoil shield, some light pitting, close to the edge and hard to buff out without changing the shape of the edge, I left it go. Maybe long time in a holster or maybe just a long time layin on foam on this side. (A bead blast finish would have hidden all of the marks but it'd sure be a flat finish and a bit greyer than black due to being a bit rougher finish.) Also, here not that I missed a spot on the grip frame polish, where the vertical section of the frame and grip frame meet....after the test fire, I think I'll dismount the grip and buff that last lil file mark outta there.



Unfortunately, I didn't catch this when I purchased the grip frame. It comes fitted and polished.....on this side, the polishing slightly undercut the vertical tab and there is a slight gap between wood and brass. Had I caught this up front, I'd have returned the grip frame for an exchange. I'll have to check more carefully should I ever to another like this.



Here's what appears to be the other boink mark on the top of the barrel.

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Hey Sharps that is a good looking gun. I would carry it with pride if I were you.

Can you take a pic that shows the whole gun, please?

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Couple of posts here with the final photo tour. Off to the range this afternoon! I'll report back on the results with a varity of 38 Special and 357 Magnum.











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