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Ok I have a Stevens 16 ga. Bouble barrel with hammers and was in need of help restoring, stock in mint, barrel and receiver just has what appears to be minor surface rust. Question I have is how can I re-blue the barrel and receiver? I have been told because it is a different steel it needs a different process for bluing. It is a model 235 and serial numbers A49xxxx. I have shot the gun several times and it shoots very sweet.
 

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Pics would be helpful. Surface rust can be removed with gun oil and fine steel wool. Welcome to FTF.
 

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Thanks for the welcome. This site is full of great info. Darn glad to be a member. I will post pictures as soon as I can. The finish I am looking for is a blue like newer guns have.
 

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Blueing is not the easiest thing to do. Each step must be done correctly in order to end up with a good product. Prep work is key. I recommend you do some research and watch some YouTube videos before you attempt anything. A good finish is not easy to produce with a cold blue.
 

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How old is the gun? Some types of metal won't accept modern bluing. If you can find out what the manufacturer did and repeat that. Plus (not trying to degrade or offend I'm just curious) do u have the equipment or experience to blue a gun?
 

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Welcome to FTF!!!

If you're looking for a perfect like new finish and you've never re-blued anything before, you may be in for a letdown. It's a process...

Should you attempt it, there are three things to remember, prep, prep and prep...the more time you spend preparing the surface, the better the chances you'll have for success...

A good soak in Hoppe's and 0000 steel wool may be a better solution if it's just surface rust.
 

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Please note- double barrel shotguns frequently had the two barrels joined by soldering. Unfortunately, hot caustic blue will eat the solder out of the joint, and the barrel come apart.

The preferred method of bluing for these is rust bluing. Yes, you CAN do rust bluing at home. It will give a good blue, but is more of a matte, and not high gloss. Most cold blues will sort of, kinda, maybe do OK for a touchup- entire barrel- not so good.

My standard suggestion for light surface rust- go to the gocery, and get a CHORE BOY COPPER pot scrubber. Be sure it is not copper plated steel, but copper. Wet it with a light oil (I like Kroil, but use what you have) Rub lightly, change to clean area on the pad periodically. Gun will start to take on a coppery hue- wet it with clean oil, rub with clean soft cloth- it comes off.

Copper is softer than the steel of the barrel, and will not hurt existing blue. Steel wool CAN if you overdo it.
 

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