Marlin 30AS .30-30 Refinish Project

Discussion in 'Engraving & Refinishing' started by N55340, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. N55340

    N55340 New Member

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    I recently acquired a Marlin 30AS in a trade. My first thought was to junk it, but decided it might make a good winter project refinishing it.

    I’m sure I’ll end up with more in it than it is worth, but it will give me something else to do.

    My first problem are the stock and forearm. Someone did a very ugly refinish job on them in the past. I’m not sure they could be stripped and refinished. I’ve been looking around the Internet for a new stock and forearm, but haven’t had any luck. This Marlin has the forearm with the cap on front instead of the band. If anyone can suggest places to contact it would be appreciated.

    I’m also open to any suggestions on re-bluing or other methods to refinish the metal.
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Try some paint stripper on the wood before you scrap it. You've got nothing to lose. ;)
     

  3. Walley

    Walley New Member

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    Over the years I have refinished ten or fifteen long guns. I just finished a Western Field Deluxe 12 gauge pump that was a basket case. For the stocks I always use a product called Zip Strip that hasn’t failed me yet. Birchwood Casey puts out a bluing kit that I used for the first time on the pump and it did a real good job. Don’t be afraid to use emery cloth and elbow grease on the rust spots and minor pitting. Even some of the deeper pitting can be cleared up. Just go slow and take your time. When you are done you will have a gun that you will be proud of and start looking for another project.
     
  4. N55340

    N55340 New Member

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    After posting last night I took a real close look at the stocks. Whoever refinished them the last time must have used a belt sander. They may be usuable, but I wouldn't want them on my gun. So much wood was taken off, they really don't match up to the receiver, etc.

    While most of the bluing is gone, the metal isn't that bad with the exception of some of the screws. I think people must use butter knives or something to work on their guns. I was able to find the screws I need last night on the Internet.

    I picked up a Birchwood Casey bluing kit today. I'll try my hand at bluing some small pieces tomorrow.

    Still if anyone has a source for new stocks, please let me know.
     
  5. N55340

    N55340 New Member

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    Does anyone know if a Marlin 39A stock is interchangable with a 30AS? In research it seems like it should, but I'd like someone else's opinion before I "pull the trigger" so to speak.
     
  6. hotbluer

    hotbluer New Member

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    Marlin Re-blue

    Try blueridgebluing.com