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BwanaDoc 09-02-2010 01:52 PM

Advice on an old Mauser
I have an old (not sure how old, but old) long barrel Mauser that was my dads. It wasn't stored very well and is rusted some. Would like some advice on what sort of refinishing I should do/have done. I've done a little hand bluing work so I'm not a complete novice, but this gun is special to the family. I would like to give the gun to my brother as a present. Thanks! I enjoy this forum very much.

M14sRock 09-02-2010 02:43 PM

Welcome aboard.

Please post some pictures, so we know what you have.

BwanaDoc 09-02-2010 03:54 PM

Thanks. Good idea, I will do that.

CA357 09-02-2010 04:03 PM

Many here have experience refinishing firearms and I'm sure will be willing to help.

TheOldMan 09-02-2010 05:24 PM

I've been restoring old milsurps for several years and will be glad to help in any way I can.. Pictures are a requirement though...

BwanaDoc 09-03-2010 10:24 PM

Here are some pics
Please let me know if you need more detail.

BwanaDoc 09-03-2010 10:42 PM

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Well, that didn't work so well. Let's try this.

Cpt-Hotpants 09-04-2010 03:03 AM

In my opinion just cleaning and making sure you kill the rust would be much better than refinishing it. It will be original and hold its value in the unfortunate event that you may have to sell it.

Clean it and don't modify it, there are not many in that good of condition floating around and are very nice pieces of history. Family and Military history.

CA357 09-04-2010 03:47 AM

I agree with the Captain. Keep it original.

Here's a little trick; spray some G96 on the badly rusted areas, then take an older nickel and rub with the edge of the coin. It should clean the really bad rust and kill it.

huffmanite 09-06-2010 04:08 AM

Nice 1891 Argentine. For its day, made to high standards when it comes to machine work and etc.

If I had your rust problem, I'd use my Blue Wonder Gun Cleaner. It is very effective on rust and will not harm the metals blue. I'd apply it, let it set for awhile to dissolve/loosen the rust and if necessary use the older nickle coin to help remove rust. In place of the nickle, Brass version of steel wool would work OK too and I've used extra fine steel wool too, but be very gentle with it, no hard rubbing.

After the Blue Wonder, then apply a good oil to it.

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