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article2 03-05-2013 07:48 AM

filling pits
I've got a deer rifle that rusted over the winter. Most of the rust was removed with 00 steel wool but there's a couple deep pits where it was bad. Can I fill them or get them filled before reblueing? And if so, how?

hiwall 03-05-2013 01:17 PM

Welding is about the only way.

mountainman13 03-05-2013 02:18 PM

I wouldn't recommend welding. Just reblue and call it good. Keep the gun oiled well while in storage or you'll be doing it all over again next year. I'd get some form of dehumidifier if I were you.

article2 03-05-2013 06:42 PM

Anybody used the reblueing kits like the ones cheaper than dirt carry? Its probly somethin I should just take in and have done professionaly huh?

mountainman13 03-05-2013 11:42 PM

Cold blueing is generally reserved for touch ups. To get a good even large area blue with it is time consuming and a bit difficult.

c3shooter 03-05-2013 11:58 PM

First- what kind of rifle? If it is a Winchester 94 that is a bluing problem in its own class.

Re: Filling in pits before reblueing- it WOULD take welding. Done badly, changes heat teatment of steel. Done sorta OK, fill metal has a different alloy than gun, will show different color when blued.

I have done DIY cold blue, and it CAN do an "OK" sort of job. Metal prep, degreasing and warming without touching it with bare hands is critical. You will get a better job from a smith that does pro reblueing.

Now, if it is not a Winchester 71 or similar high $$$ rifle, you might consider an alternative finish, such as Cerakote. Or have a smith bead blast it, will hide the pits, and reblue with a matte finish instead of glossy.

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