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Old 01-03-2014, 02:47 AM   #1
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Recently a guy brought me a Marlin 1894 Cowboy rifle that had been left in its original Styrofoam container (please do not do this, I have seen more than a few guns rust in styrofoam). He tried to fix the rust, but the cancer had caused some pretty deep pitting. Keep in mind this gun was new, never fired....

here are the before shots


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Hell if he were a real cowboy it would not matter. A carbine carried in a saddle scabbard all winter looks much worse. But then the Urban Cowboy Shooters are "All Hats and no Cows',.
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well, that may be true, but there is nothing wrong about the love of a beautiful gun

I removed the rust and pits using a file, then moved to sand paper, then a bit of buffing (mainly on the receiver). The barrel received a 600 grit finish, while the receiver is closer to 1200 grit.


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here is the receiver ready for re-blue

I then readied my bluing tank, I use a formula involving Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Nitrate and Distilled water

once removed from the bluing tank, I rinsed with clean water, then soaked in oil for 24 hrs
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here are the before and after pictures, looks pretty good, almost as good as new... :-bd



more at my blog here: http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-new-start.html

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very nice looking!

looks a little more black than blue now.
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next project, a very un-loved Ruger Standard (pre-Mark I) from 1951

here is what it looked like when I got it
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after dis-assembly, I de-greased the gun and used Naval Jelly to remove the rust



I then used the wire wheel to remove the scale to see what we have to deal with.....it is worse than I thought

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Here is the barrel after some sanding, I think I may need to enlist my dremel on some of this metal, normally I advise not to use power tools, but there is a lot of metal to be removed....


some more progress
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more updates, I have the pits removed

This is a 600 grit finish




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