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Gun Refinishing

Discussion in 'The Workbench: Builds And Modifications' started by TINCANBANDIT, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. TINCANBANDIT

    TINCANBANDIT .22LR

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    Some of you may know me, I am a amateur gunsmith (student really) and have restored/refinished dozens of firearms.

    I currently have two Mossbergs on my bench, both .22 semi-autos

    The first one I just finished, it is a Mossberg 380 model

    These are the before pictures, I'll post the finished pics later with links to my blog

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    The second one is a New Haven model 250C, again these are the before pictures

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  2. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Feel free to post pics of the process. Always interested in seeing how people tackle projects like these. Many of us here have performed makeovers and restorations.
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  3. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    Yeah, you're going to be limited to sanding well into the pitted area. Only so many ways to remove rusty pits. Hopefully, the inside doesn't look as bad as the outside, but I wouldn't bet on it.

    Looking forward to how they turn out.
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  4. TINCANBANDIT

    TINCANBANDIT .22LR

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    you'd be surprised, one thing I have learned about .22 rifles, when they are neglected on the outside, they often have lead fouled bores, which tend to protect the steel from rust.
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  6. TINCANBANDIT

    TINCANBANDIT .22LR

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    Here is the refinishing on the Mossberg 380

    The before pics are posted at the top of this thread

    First step is disassembly

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    Then we start sanding on the metal, starting with 100 grit cloth backed ebrasive

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    This is a 220 grit finish, you can still see some pitting...sometimes the pits are hard to see until you get to the finer grits, then they stick out

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  7. TINCANBANDIT

    TINCANBANDIT .22LR

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    sanding on the receiver

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    The barrel is almost ready

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    as is the receiver

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    the read sight was pitted pretty bad as well

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  8. TINCANBANDIT

    TINCANBANDIT .22LR

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    The rear sight and bolt handle are cleaned up and ready for rebluing

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    The take down screw needed some help

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    a new ball peen hammer was used to pound the metal back down

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    I then chucked it into a drill and using sand paper, made it look good again

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  9. TINCANBANDIT

    TINCANBANDIT .22LR

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    here are some of the parts after bluing

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    before reassembly I repainted the ready fire indicator with Testors red enamel paint

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    and finished

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  10. TINCANBANDIT

    TINCANBANDIT .22LR

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    and the before and after pictures

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  11. Djcala

    Djcala .30-06 Supporter

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    Very nice ! I love the restoration resurrection threads. One party foul though, love the blued pics BUT WHAT PROCESS ???? How are ya doin your bluing brother
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  12. TINCANBANDIT

    TINCANBANDIT .22LR

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    I use the hot salts method, I normally work alone and when bluing I do several guns at once (more economical that way) and since I don't have a "dedicated" bluing area (I blue in my driveway) the weather and schedule have to cooperate. So when bluing I never get pictures, because I am running around like a one armed paper hanger (while wearing PPE no less).

    Here is a write up of my bluing process

    http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-i-blue-guns.html

    and my new two tank set-up

    http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/08/new-bluing-tanks.html
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  13. meanstreak

    meanstreak .30-06 Supporter

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    That's a nice set up bandit. Thanks for sharing the pics of the restoration of the rifle as well.
  14. Djcala

    Djcala .30-06 Supporter

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    Ya had me at hot salt sir. Well done
    Front of the line for you :)
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  15. TINCANBANDIT

    TINCANBANDIT .22LR

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  16. meanstreak

    meanstreak .30-06 Supporter

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    Another job well done Tincan. Thanks for sharing
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  17. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    Yeah, I agree. It took a lot of time sanding and refinishing that. I don't know why many people neglect guns the way they do. But I'm glad that you refinished it. Should last a long time to come.
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  18. Old_School

    Old_School .22LR

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    Outstanding work, Tiincan! I appreciate restorations and these look fantastic! Surprised the outcome was as nice as this with as much rust and pitting as you had to deal with. Do you use a traditional buffer in prepping your metal before bluing?
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  19. TINCANBANDIT

    TINCANBANDIT .22LR

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    Thanks guys, to answer the question above, I don't usually use a buffer, I sand to 600 or sometimes 1200 grit and then use Crocus cloth to even out the sanding marks
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