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Old 04-08-2014, 11:21 AM   #11
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All the parts were de-rustified (Is that a word?) and then cleaned up and given a brushed finish. Im messing around with Herters (now Arts) Belgian as an alternative to cold bluing. I tried the trigger guard first. Its more effort than wipe on cold blue since it involved boiling the parts and repeatedly applying the blue, carding, boiling but it gives the part a darker black (and more matte) appearance than cold bluing. It’s the cross between rust bluing and cold bluing.













The remaining part were cold blued with Nu-Blu



There is a coloration difference but I have not ruled out dissimilar metals as being the cause.



At any rate, I maintain the option of stripping down all the parts and using Belgian blue on all the parts.

Here is it back together again.





The next step is stripping and rebluing the barrel. Its not in terrible shape as far as rust goes but it does have a few dings and some rust pitting in the metal that will remain.





I will remove the barrel lug and mount the barrel in my wood lathe and give it a 220, 320, 400, 600 grit job and then steel wool. I plan to use the Belgian blue on the barrel which means I need to fashion a tank to boil it in.

Since I was going to be using the Belgian blue any way and wanted to rule out dissimilar metal I took a couple of old bolts and cut the heads off and cleaned them up to 400 grit and applied Nu-Blu to one and Belgian blue to the other then I placed them both in a bag of Strike hold for 24 hours. Here are the results after a wipe down.







While the pictures do a poor job of showcasing the difference, its clear that the Belgian blue is deeper, blacker and more matte than the cold blue.

Since the weather is nicer and because the barrel is larger than a trigger guard and because of the Mercuric Chorlide in the Belgian blue I want to do this bluing outside. My boiling tank will be heated by my 5 burner gas BBQ grill with a tank of suitable size that still need to be made.

To be continued…….
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Old 04-08-2014, 03:58 PM   #12
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Had to take another shot.

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ALL MATCHING NUMBER 5 WITH 4 LEAF CLOVER ON BARREL,FRAME, TRIGGER GUARD, & FOREARM
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=390796617
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:28 AM   #14
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Yes somebody sent me that and that is an exact match to this gun only 50 numbers away (mine is stamped 55) saddly they do not list a make or model number either. I was stoked when I saw it hoping for a model number. It is a perfect match to this gun in every way.
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"Ziploc bags of naval jelly have their work cut out for them."

DIY_Guy would you mind explaining how the naval jelly works or maybe what the stuff is?
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This Is my go-to brand because its easy to get and cheap. There are 4 tabs at this link explaining the product, Features Tech data and directions. It’s a pink slime. It smells like hard boiled eggs (sulfury smell) and works like a charm.Whats left is a grey powdery smut on the metal that sands off easily.

http://www.loctiteproducts.com/p/s_trmt_naval/overview/Loctite-Naval-Jelly-Rust-Dissolver.htm
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Here a few pics from the Belgian bluing process.

Everything at the ready.







Rust scum floating on top.





After the fifth dip and application.




The hot barrel evaporates the water and blue quickly showing the rusting



Then the plugs are removed and sure enough no water crept into the barrel since the plugs are dry.



A new and longer plug is put in one end of the barrel has a handle so I can apply copious amounts of Strike hold, water displacing oil/rust inhibitor to the barrel.



The oiled barrel.







Here is an outside video of the newly blued and oiled barrel.


All that’s left to do is give it 24 hours in the strike hold, make a new stainless steel front bead and put the gun back together with the old stock (since that’s all I have at this point)

To be continued…….
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Ive gone as far as I can go with this gun until a stock is sourced (or made). Thanks for all the input in tracking down the make of the shotgun. It appears this is a Stevens Number 100 based on the hammer and finding an exact match on Numrich’s web site. Here’s where it stands right now.

I made a stainless front bead to replace the missing bead.



Here are some pictures of the resurrected gun with the old (broken) stock back on the gun for the time being.









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It's odd to see one with such beautiful metal finish & such antiqued wood; maybe it could have some "rat rod" appeal?
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with how the metal turned out it sure deserves new stock. thats some fine work you've done to it sir
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