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Old January 13th, 2014, 06:59 PM   #1
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One of the guns I got back from a recent theft needs to be refinished. A fair amount of the damage was from me but there is deep rust that has appeared that needs to get taken care of. It is my first gun and has shot tens of thousands of rounds. My dad bought it for me when I was 9ish. I want to bring it back to what it looked like when it was brand new. This is my first refinish on a gun. What should I do?



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Old January 13th, 2014, 07:07 PM   #2
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Most guys use 0000 steel wool and oil to lightly remove the rust. Are you wanting to cold blue it ? Any sporting goods store should have cold bluing . Hot bluing is a little more involved few people do it any more.
Another option is to have it coated.

PS look what 04PSD did to his 10/22 stock that would look nice on your.
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Most guys use 0000 steel wool and oil to lightly remove the rust. Are you wanting to cold blue it ? Any sporting goods store should have cold bluing . Hot bluing is a little more involved few people do it any more.
Another option is to have it coated.

PS look what 04PSD did to his 10/22 stock that would look nice on your.
I will grab some steel wool and give it a shot. I don't mind having to have it blued even if it costs more than what a new gun would. Having this one gone made me realize how bad I want it. I'll check out the 10/22 thread and see how he did that stock.
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Old January 14th, 2014, 05:00 AM   #4
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That stock turned out really nice! What grit sand paper should I use for the stock? I think I am going to get started tonight.
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Old January 14th, 2014, 05:10 AM   #5
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If it is anything other van a labor of love oil the thing up and buy a new one. Any rifle with that many rounds down the pipe is loosing the accuracy in the rifleing. It can be a keep sake as is. I refinished a stock once. Their it was all shiney not looking well worn as it should have been and I felt like I ruined 30 years of squirrel hunting.
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If it is anything other van a labor of love oil the thing up and buy a new one. Any rifle with that many rounds down the pipe is loosing the accuracy in the rifleing. It can be a keep sake as is. I refinished a stock once. Their it was all shiney not looking well worn as it should have been and I felt like I ruined 30 years of squirrel hunting.
The squirrel hunting scars don't bother me, the added miles added by a thief do. The gun still shot good the last time I used it and has a lot of sentimental value to me. I sighted it in when I got it and I haven't had to touch it since. It is worth more to me than guns that I have spent 5k on.
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I would start with something fine like maybe 180 or 220 . The finish is thin on the stocks so coarse paper might make more work for you.
I hear you on the value of guns like that. I have a stevens side by side that was my dads. We used to bird hunt when I was in junior high and I remember how good a shot he was with that shotgun.
I checked on hot bluing and they don't like doing them because the barrels are soldered together.
The guy off 23 in tawas said I was crazy for putting money into it. The value to me is more than money.

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Can't you get the parents of that thieving fuckstick to pay to have it refinished?
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I think I have an in on a black oxide place Chad. I should really get some of mine reblued. He charges by the pound, and need a minimum batch of 50#. He's right off fruit ridge IIRC.
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Find a professional to redo the bluing. I know the guys at American Arms Engineering out by me are set up for hot bluing and are very very good at it. It'll have a deep, beautiful blue finish when they are done with it and it won't cost you a ton of money.

The stock should be relatively easy and straightforward depending on your experience with wood working.
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This would be professional. His company did the black oxide for my previous employer.
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This would be professional. His company did the black oxide for my previous employer.
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Williams sight company for rebluing guns hands down. ill get some pics of the couple they did for me.
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I started sanding last night. I got 95% of the stain off. Tonight I will sand it all down with some extra fine paper and it should be ready to stain. I'm debating if I should glass and pillar bed it while I am at it. I'm sure it isn't going to make a huge difference with a 22 but it isn't difficult to do.







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I was wondering if that would require a stripper , or just sanding. The wood on my 7.62 doesn't match, thinking about Redoing it in black.
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Looks good! It appears there is some beautiful grain and character underneath that old cheap stain. What kind of finish are you going to put back on it?

As for bedding it... You're already knee deep into it so why not? Every little bit helps and it's not like it'll diminish the accuracy or value of the rifle at all. Might as well make it the best it can be!
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It's too late now, but its considered better to use a chemical stripper rather than sanding to remove the finish.
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It's too late now, but its considered better to use a chemical stripper rather than sanding to remove the finish.
How so? I know the sanding removes material but with something like this wouldn't it be more preferred? The sanding also helps smooth out the little knicks and dents it has accumulated over the years.
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post pictures of the bedding and pillar process. I'll probably do it if I ever get to my 10/22 build.
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How can I find the year of this gun? I can't find anything on the web. It is a Remington 581-s.
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