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Old 03-18-2012, 05:21 PM   #1
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Default best gun to refinish

I love guns but have never refinished one and i had some questions

1. best "starting" gun to refinish

2. what supplies do I actually need?



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Old 03-18-2012, 07:39 PM   #2
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Wood refinish or metal refinish ?
Always start with a very inexpensive firearm.
For a wood refinish pick a gun with walnut wood.
For metal refinish pick an all steel(no aluminum) gun.



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If it's your first time refinishing I would say the mosion nagant it's a world war 2 firearm get em around 100 bucks at j g sales ok just a note I never refinish a gun before I'm just saying what I would start off with. ammo is cheap and it's fun to shoot and most videos on youtube about it when I was doing my research everybody was doing refinishing on the wood and the blueing of the metal. so you would get history a fun to shoot and easy to clean firearm and it's a good fixer upper gun I've got 1 I haven't done anything to it but I probably should refinish the wood and the blueing anyways hope that helps o its the bolt action 7.62 by 54 r

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my suggestion would be to search the gun stores and pawn shops in your area and see what you can find. sometimes you can find some beat up cosmetically challenged firearms for a decent price to refinish. i go looking all the time and find them. usually look for firearms with a good action and in good working condition with a good bore. then with a little bit of money for materials, (sandpaper, stain, stripper, ect.) and some time and elbow grease, you can make it look like new again and also increase it's value.

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yeah i was thinking the mosin i dont want to be drowning in mechanical work on the gun but i would like to clean the cosmetics up and i will keep my eyes open

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I've been refinishing and restoring for several years now... I agree that you should start off with a relatively cheap (price wise) mil-surp like the Mosin Nagant 91/30.

You will learn as you go on what materials you'll need or want to have to make the job easier... I also suggest you get a decent camera and take plenty of photo's as you go. Nothing worse than tearing a rifle/pistol down then forgetting how it went back together again..



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