New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - pitted rifle refinishing question
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Check GunBroker.com for SWFA's No Reserve and No Minimum bid firearm auctions.

pitted rifle refinishing question

 Post Reply Post Reply   Topic Search Topic Search  Topic Options Topic Options
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: April/24/2010 at 05:46
BobC View Drop Down
Optics Apprentice
Optics Apprentice
Avatar

Joined: January/14/2010
Location: Maine
Status: Offline
Points: 160

I have a Model 74 Winchester 22 that has been hanging around in the family many many years (my grandfather bought it new).
It was very badly neglected and was rusted quite badly so I got it and cleaned it up as good as I could. It is so bad that the metal but plate is rusted away around the edges. I found a replacement at Numrich Gun Parts for not a lot and am waiting for it to get here.
The bore and chamber is very good surprisingly. The only thing I can think of for this is the wax off the bullets must have protected the barrel.
The rifle shoots very good with good reliability.
I refinished the stock and was going to use a cold blue product to refinish the barreled action but it is quite badly pitted. I was wondering if any one could recommend something to fill the pits so I could refinish it with DuraCoat or some thing similar.

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: April/24/2010 at 22:38
GetSome View Drop Down
Optics Journeyman
Optics Journeyman
Avatar

Joined: December/12/2009
Location: Oregon
Status: Offline
Points: 516
Depends on how bad the pitting is,  I had one that was pretty bad and had a guy bead blast it.  He had to take it down until the serial # and model info was almost gone, but after a ceracoat job it turned out sweet.  I don't know anything that you could fill the pits with and then coat over, but admittedly don't know a whole lot either.  You might call around and see if there are any local shops that would bead blast it, I think aluminum oxide abraisive blasting would be your best bet, but good luck finding a local guy to do it.  
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: April/25/2010 at 10:00
RONK View Drop Down
Optics Master Extraordinaire
Optics Master Extraordinaire
Avatar

Joined: April/05/2007
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 3199
I agree with bead-blasting something that bad. Once it's clean, you can blue or Duracoat it and it should look pretty fair. I'd go with a professional hot-blue for large parts or a whole firearm.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: April/25/2010 at 16:04
Sgt. D View Drop Down
Optics Master Extraordinaire
Optics Master Extraordinaire
Avatar

Joined: February/20/2008
Location: North Carolina
Status: Offline
Points: 3641
Ronk correct me if I'm wrong but, isn't there risk of making waves or uneven low spots with bead blasting so much metal away? I recently removed pitting and was able to blend the depression thru the length of the barrel with a file. Yes the pitting was very bad. A very work intensive repair. For removing pitting from receivers I have used a palm sander with 120 grit and cleaning that with very fine paper and steel wool. Then a good blueing is possible. If he wants to coat the action or use a bakeing laquer he can Clean very well the pitted areas and fill with JB weld. After letting the JB weld cure for its recommended time then use a palm sander with the very fine paper and finish with steel wool. Then clean everything with a quality solvent or degreaser and apply what ever coating he wants.
Good Luck with your repair BobC.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: April/27/2010 at 17:09
RONK View Drop Down
Optics Master Extraordinaire
Optics Master Extraordinaire
Avatar

Joined: April/05/2007
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 3199
[QUOTE=Sgt. D]Ronk correct me if I'm wrong but, isn't there risk of making waves or uneven low spots with bead blasting so much metal away? QUOTE]
 
Oh absolutely!
 I was under the impression that a lot of the metal was already gone from the effects of the corrosion, and that this was more of a salvage operation than a restoration. Perhaps I spoke too quickly.
  Some judgement is required by all means, and junker "sample" parts with various finishes is a good idea on a valuable gun.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: April/27/2010 at 19:21
BobC View Drop Down
Optics Apprentice
Optics Apprentice
Avatar

Joined: January/14/2010
Location: Maine
Status: Offline
Points: 160
It's not a restoration just trying to make it look a little more presentable. I think I am just going to clean it up and use some DuraCoat on it. It's a shooter not a collectible. Thanks for the ideas.
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Similar Threads: "pitted rifle refinishing question"
Subject Author Forum Replies Last Post
Rifle shooting newbie with questions mochiles Tactical Scopes 12 4/15/2006 8:26:49 AM
*WARNING* L.T.M. Refinishing LLC cheaptrick Firearms 2
Wood stock refinishing... FYI bugsNbows Firearms 9
Sako 75 stock refinishing bugsNbows Firearms 22
gun stock refinishing observation... bugsNbows Firearms 2
Stock refinishing Bigdaddy0381 Firearms 46
stock refinishing question jason miller Firearms 3
Rifle scope for Custom rifle Narrow Gap Rifle Scopes 10
Almost bit the L.T.M. Refinishing Bullet Loganman Firearms 4
My Pits... AEnemaBay Hot Shots 7


This page was generated in 0.359 seconds.