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Old 12-20-2014, 02:35 PM   #1
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While I am not the gunsmith that Sharps40 is...he has inspired this project with the work that he has shared on this forum. I would not have attempted this had I not seen it done. I am not going to chop the barrel as it is already 4 5/8 inches long. And I do not have the proper tools anyway.

I had been searching the pawn shops for a donor gun that I would not be upset if I goofed it up. I found this New Model Blackhawk in .357 mag. I paid $250 for it. Maybe a little high for that condition. But I didn't want to tear apart my Super Blackhawk just yet. But I might later if this turns out nice.

This gun looks like it was riding around in the back of someones truck. It was pretty beat up.
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I hope that everyone understands that I am not a real gunsmith. This is a thread to show what a regular guy with a garage full of normal tools can do. I have built several cars. I have cut a couple of barrels, a Mosin Nagant and a Mossberg 500. That is the extent of my firearms altering experience. I have however fixed many guns and refinished several stocks.

As I took the gun apart I took many pictures to show exactly how it was assembled. If you plan to do something like this have a digital camera close by. If you think you need 1 pic take 5. Lots of different angles of the same assembly may show you something you didn't think you needed until you needed it.

These are just a couple of examples of the pictures I took. I snapped about 50 pics of the dissasembly. Don't worry. I won't bore you will all of them. Just a couple to give you the idea.
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I took the gun apart on the 17th. I just reassembled it this morning. It is the 20th. When I took this screw out I thought "I wont need a picture of this." But I took one anyway. And sure enough I looked at it to see which half of the assembly when on which side of the gun. Glad I took it.
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Here is the gun in the white. I used 400 grit wet sand paper. I kept it wet. Then I used 0000 steel wool.
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The next thing I did was to go to Sportmans Warehouse and buy a Birchwood Casey Cold Bluing kit. I watched a youtube video on how to use it. I have attached a link to the video I watched. I followed the instructions to the letter.

This is their video. There are plenty of other videos that stupid people put up. Use this one.

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After all the blueing was done I used the Barricaide product from Birchwood Casey. But the kit didn't come with a lot in it. So I went back and bought a can of it. It is in a can like 3 in 1 oil. I just soaked a rag with it and generously wiped every thing down. Then I let it sit over night.
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This morning I put a buffing wheel on my corded drill. The cordless was not fast enough. What a difference! It shines like a brand new gun. The picture doesn't do it justice. Even the drag line on the cylinder is gone! And it was a major drag line!
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Sadly I am at a stand still while I wait for parts from Midwayusa. I ordered a Birdshead gripframe and a Bisley trigger. The grip frame and trigger are both stainless. I am going to make my own grips. I have to go to the store and look at some different hardwood later.
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This morning I put a buffing wheel on my corded drill. The cordless was not fast enough. What a difference! It shines like a brand new gun. The picture doesn't do it justice. Even the drag line on the cylinder is gone! And it was a major drag line!
Pretty darn neat. Didn't know ya could buff BCasey blue. And, ya got the black pretty darn even and that's hard hard hard to do!
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Thanks Sharps. That means a lot coming from you.
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