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Old 03-19-2011, 07:39 AM   #1
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I bought a Marlin 44 mag that was a truck gun, finish mostly worn off, a couple cracks, bluing missing or pitted and the buttstock had 1" cut off and a Win but pad on it.
It worked perfect so for $200. it was mine.
No before pics, but here is a couple of after pics.
I just wish the forend was darker, too much sap wood, but it looks darker and better in person.
The metal was hand polished and the stock re finished with Velvit Oil.

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Old 03-19-2011, 08:16 AM   #2
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Beautiful gun. Great job on refinishing it. I also like the way you displayed it!
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It looks great. What did you do for a finish on the steel besides polishing it?
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Just used finer and finer grades of sandpaper on a block, ending up with 1500 grit that I rub togather before use to take most of the grit off.
The barrel and mag tube were shoe shine polished with strips of sandpaper.
When I was satisified in was mark free, I took it to a frinds shop, cleaned the metal very well and put it in the bluing tanks.
After it was done and came out of the oil tank, I let it sit for 4 days to really let the bluing take before cleaning up the parts, re oiling and assembling the rifle.
A few parts took a little draw filing prior to sanding. It just takes a lot of time. A sanding board behind the sand paper on the flats stops the metal from being dished and keeps the edges sharp.
There were places like around the loading port where the metal was too low to polish with a board behind the sand paper, then you do that part by hand.
On some guns, if you don't have to take too much metal off, you can make the whole flat, flat. This one would have required too much metal to be removed to do that.

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That's a great looking rifle! One day I'll ad a 44 mag lever gun to my collection. A 357 too.
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I wish I had a friend with bluing tanks.
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It does make it easier if you have tanks, but there are a lot of smiths that will blue it for you (except Kalif). You can do all the polishing and then send the rifle.
I use SavageGunsmithing
They do a good job and I have no doubt that if you preped the rifle, they would charge you a reasonable rate to just drop it in the tanks.
I would buy a bottle of Hold from Brownells and spray it down before shipping, right after you are done with the polishing to insure that no surface rust got on the parts.
You will get fine surface rust very quickly if you don't protect the metal.

Your other option is to buy one tank from brownells, big enough to hold the rifle and use a camp stove to heat the water and do a rust blue job. It takes some time, but a rust blue is so darn beautiful. You usually only polish to about a 400 grit with the rust blue, it does not take well on super smooth polished surfaces, but it produces the finest bluing you will ever see.
It does take a little time to do as you have to apply the solution as many times as it takes to get the color you want. You rub down the gun with fine steel wool, put boil the gun, put more solution on the metal, it will rust right away, let it sit per instructions, boil it again and just keep doing this until you get the nice dark bluing that you want.

I have rust blued many guns, it takes some time, but is not hard to do at home. Brownells has the rust blue solutions.
The gun comes out blue, not black like regular bluing. looks like the guns of old.

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Thanks John, I'll have to look into it.
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Great job, very nice looking rifle !!!
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Beautiful gun Rifleman, a .44mag lever gun and revolver are on my short term buying list along with a good Shotgun and sporterizing my Mauser. If you dont mind me askin how much do you have in it total?
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