Removing silver solder from barrel

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  1. bgerth

    bgerth New Member

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    Have a Remington Mohawk 48 that has a 1/8" metal pad silver soldered onto the rear sight groove area of the receiver. This was done for a scope mount. I'd like to restore this back to where I can use this gun for shooting clays. Appearance is not all important. Planning on cold bluing it when I'm done. Can I simply reheat the area and remove the metal pad? Is there a way to remove the residual solder left behind?
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Residual silver solder can be removed by heating it, and wiping the area with a folded clean cotton cloth while hot. A trace may be left where the metal was tinned- it can be buffed away. Silver solder will be harder than lead/tin solder.
     

  3. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    If it is real silver solder then you will have to use alot of heat. Most likely it is soft solder.
     
  4. bgerth

    bgerth New Member

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    Removing Solder

    Thanks for the input. Regardless whether it is silver or lead solder it will take a certain amount of heat to remove. I plan to go slow so i don't have more cosmetic damage than necessary. Really appreciate the advise.
    Bernie