Refinishing a Mosin Nagant

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by 2hot2handle, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. 2hot2handle

    2hot2handle New Member

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    Alright, I am going to be refinishing a Mosin Nagant. If all goes well I'll be doing a second one. I want to refinish the stock and maybe reblue the metal. Has any one got suggestions for good cold blue products? Methods? I am still trying to decide on the best way to refinish the stock. But I am mostly worried about the reblueing. Is it something the average Joe can do? On the stock I am trying to decide what color of stain i want to use, just the regular orange? Try and put it back in its prime? Or my other choice is no stain at all. Like some of the Mausers. My stock doesn't have any tiger striping though so it might just look stupid. Please all input welcome, thank you kind Gun Gods.
     
  2. cpttango30

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    You can use many cold blue products but don't use blue wonder it doesn't work at all.

    I like brownells Oxpho blue it is slow and painstaking process but you get a very nice even blue finish when done. For a nagant I would get one of the spray on products like ALUMA-HYDE II from brownells. This product produces a good tough coating and is just as easy as a spray paint. they even have videos that show you how to do it.

    If it were me I would just strip the stock If you can fit it in the dishwasher that will do a really good job just do it while wife or mom is gone and clean up good.

    If not start with 100 grit and work to 320 or 400 grit. Now for the finish I wold go one of two ways Boiled linseed oil or Truoil. Either are easy to work with BLO you apply once a day for a week once a week for a month and once a month for a year and once a year for ever. Truoil is very basic and the way you apply it determins the finish you get. If you apply it and let it dry it will be glossy if you rub it in a lot while it is drying then it will be more of a dull finish. If you stock is blond (IE Light colored wood) you hay need to stain it first. just get any old stain and go at it. If you don't like it sand it off.

    I HATE BLO it is a pain in the 6. it never really hardens it takes for ever to get off a stock and it never really fully drys. It doesn't get as hard or protect as good a truoil. I am lacquering a stock right now. but for a shooters and beater like a nagant I would just truoil the hell out of the stock and call it a day.
     
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  3. Benning Boy

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    I've monkeyed with my stock, and find that the wood is alot softer than I like. I stripped it, sanded by hand, and found that it had an almost crumbly property to it that made me stop right there. I dumped a can of clear spray lacquer on it a layer at a time, so it's now fairly well protected.

    Bear in mind, there was never a time when these things looked showroom new. They were banged out quickly, so anything you do to it will probably be a huge improvement to the way it looked as it came off the line.
     
  4. supergus

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    As a side note about Aluma-Hyde II, don't bother. I used it on my SIG 1911 and the finish wore through in a couple of weeks. I stripped it back down and used a self etching primer and then a high temp engine paint( I know it's not blued, but for a Mosin flat black would look pretty good) I baked it the same as the Aluma-Hyde II and several months later I've only got some wear on the holster friction surfaces. Now if it were a real valuable collectible(maybe someday;))
    I might have it professionally blued or parkerized or whatever the original finish was.
     
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    Nice! Very informative and useful thread guys. I may have to get me one of those nagants. They have them here locally for $120
     
  7. trautert

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    Any firearm you buy is yours, so you can certainly do with it as you will. However, please understand that if you take a $100-$150 rifle, strip and sand it and re-blue or phosphate or refinish however, at a cost of another $100 in materials, you end up with a $100 rifle.

    Tom
     
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    True, but you have a nicer $100 rifle than all the other $100 rifles and if you want to sell you'd just have to find the right person that understands that. :)
     
  11. cpttango30

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    AAA but if you put it on gunbroker and say it is a rare custom sniper nagant you will get $1500 for it. Just put a tasco 3-9x40mm prong horn scope on it. for $300 you just made $1500 for a total Profit of $1200.
     
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  13. 2hot2handle

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    Great Info

    Hey y'all, thanks for all the great info feel free to keep the thread alive if you wish, I have been able to get some great information. I was going to just message the persons who I would like to get a little more detail from on their techniques if that is alright.

    Trauter, I know that it probably won't be worth how much time, effort and money I put into the rifle but I will be proud to call it mine and proud of my efforts. This is more about the first experience of refinishing a rifle so that in the future if I wish to try it on other rifles, ones say that perhaps would gain value from a refinishing/reblueing, I will have the confidence in my self to do so. Being only 16 and this my first refinish I am glad that I have a cheap gun to mess up if I do it badly or perhaps by some twist of fate make it look a little better, I am willing to take that chance on this gun. Thank you for you concerns though and I appriciate your posting them.

    Canebrake, uh oh. You have given me a fever. :D hahaha I really like how your project turned out and can't wait till I have a chance to do something like that. It will be a while but I am excited. Thanks for the input.........hmmmmm....I wonder how that would look on a Mosin..........;)

    Thanks again every one you are such a wonderful resource for all Newbie shooters that find their way onto this website. I hope that someday I will be able to help out other newbies as well some day. If you as me the art of shooting seems to becoming a lost art. However that could be just my location and surroundings. Either way, keep it alive. Thanks all.
     
  14. cpttango30

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    Krylon rebuilds are ok on a mosin. Dude not to down talk your rifle but there are billions of them and some will go nuts that you did something different to a milsurp. But most of us here say go for it your rifle is your canvas. I think someone posted pics of a stock on rimfire central where he painted the ghosts from pac-man on it. It looked like crap but he liked it.

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    If you want a cool looking camo patern try going to walmart and getting some womens fishnet stocking (Yes like the hookers wear) put a tan base coat on your gun then let it dry and pull the fish nets over it and then spray with different earth tone colors for a neat camo affect.
     
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    I'll take a peek at them.
     
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    You may end up getting my Remmy model 30 express in their soon.