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Old April 28th, 2016, 03:50 PM   #1
 
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Stainless Old Army refinish

Waiting on an answer from Ruger, but does anyone know if they will refinish a stainless Old Army? I'm sure the barrel replacement is out of the question. Just bought a used one and would like to get the outside refinished. The past owner did not know about Stainless Steel and corrosion. I have seen a lot worse. Has some minor pitting, just would like to get it cleaned up on the outside.Started using some crocus cloth and jewelers rouge and it is starting to look fairly good. Soaked it in white vinegar and it has removed most of the rusting, may not even be worth it with the pitted barrel. All other parts, hammer, trigger, springs and screws are fine.
Probably will be either a shooter or possibly just a parts gun.
Just thinking and still cleaning.
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Old April 28th, 2016, 06:15 PM   #2
 
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I think the common thing that we do with our SS guns is a ScotchBrite pad or even a fine sand paper.

The ScotchBright pads come in different grits, so be advised.

Since the gun is SS all the way though, you can take maybe 400 or 660 wet/dry paper and sand out the minor pits. Once you've prepared the gun by removing as many of the pits as you please, then finish up with the ScotchBrite pad(s).

I think there are a good number of Ruger SS guns that have varying styles of finish on them.
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I can tell you now, Ruger will not talk to you on Old Army No parts, No service, No help
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I had a SS gun with some scratches, a friend used a buffing wheel and in short order it looked like a new gun.
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I had a SS gun with some scratches, a friend used a buffing wheel and in short order it looked like a new gun.
^^^THIS^^^^

Then scotchbrite pad it and it'll look like new.
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Got my answer from Ruger, they will replace it with any model at a discounted price. Probably like a $100 off.
Not sure why this one came with a new unfired blue cylinder installed? Luckily I have a spare Stainless one and will put the blue one in the parts box.
I have this one almost polished out then will try shooting to see if the pitted barrel will affect it that much. If it does I have eight more to fall back on and save this one for parts.
Thanks for the replies.
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I learned long ago that Ruger stainless has a high carbon content and that it will rust if you don't keep it oiled. robin
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Thought I would post a before and after picture.

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Put my Taylor Co. /45 Colt cylinder in this until I can find a Stainless ROA one.
Barrel bore is a little rough, but will probably be fine for a shooter.
Has a little bit of outside pitting, but I can live with that.
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this works better...used it on my ss roa...but only have pics of S&W686
this is a Demel buffing ball..comes in two grits....and must be run slow...posting limits how many pics I can show of the refurbish....but it is much easier than than using scotch pads...and more of a satin finish as original..
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roashooter - Your 686 looks great! Do you have a link for the buffing balls?
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Dremel

Geo...just look up Dremel.
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just to help...remember to run at the lowest speed and use a light touch...
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