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Old January 9th, 2017, 06:26 PM   #1
 
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What is a good cold blue to use to just clean up a rifle barrel? I have a older Savage Model 99 .300 Sav. Caliber. I found out that it was made in 1936. The action & condition is quite good but the bluing on the barrel has started to turn a plum color to some degree & some fading. I just want to clean this gun up a bit this gun is a shooter status type of rifle. Thanks for comments & ideas



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Old January 10th, 2017, 07:12 AM   #2
 
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You might look into having the rifle "hot" blued. I have a little Mossy 500c 20ga pump shotgun that had rust on the barrel. Since it was an inexpensive 1994 shotgun with only the barrel blued steel I just thought I'd do a quick cold-blue myself. I could not get anyone to recommend a good blue process that gave favorable results.

Just for the heck it I spoke to the gunsmith at Kentucky Gun Company in Bardstown KY and he said he sends out parts for hot-bluing. The charge was $60.00 plus tax. The results were magnificent. Better than new. Only about twice the price of the cold-blue chemicals but no mess.

Moral of the story, check a local gun shop and get a hot-blue price with you tearing the gun down and reassembling it yourself. You might find a deal.
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I love a plum color on an old firearm. Personally I would leave it alone, but you could degrease the barrel, and boil it in distilled water. You are already there to rust blue your barrel, browning is the first step.
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I've got a 1931 Model 12 Winchester that has the plum color on the magazine tube and the receiver, I kind of like it so I left it alone. As far as the barrel goes if you just want a cold blue you might try the Birchwood Casey paste (not liquid) blue after completely degreasing the barrel, and using the instructions included. Just make sure you give the solution a good chance to dry before removing it, and definitely use a cotton applicator pad to apply. Rinse with warm water allow to dry, then apply a light oil You might have to apply several times but this is the solution I've found to be the best for a lasting finish.
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I used Hoppe's #9 to remove the light barrel rust off the barrel, & did a 000 very fine steel wool on the steel receiver sides that did have very light rust and pitting then did some Birchwood Casey Cold Blue maybe I need to do more coats I just want to clean up the barrel a bit more to give a tad of blued look to it plus I just want to protect the finish as good as possible. When I swabbed out the barrel with hoppe's 9 and a brass brush and then several cleaning patch's until the patchs came out clean the barrel looks really good. I really do not want to do a hot bluing job on it I do want the gun to retain its character just clean it up a bit.
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I re blued a Stevens 56 and am in the process of bluing a Remington 11 with Brownells Oxpho Blue. The stuff works great. 5 or 6 coats per part with 000 steel wool in between applications. (Tru-oil on the stocks) They have a nice deep blue that has held up really well. I do not have a master hand but I think they look great. Good luck.
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I'm currently redoing a 7mm Mauser that my dad sporterized back in the 50's for my sister. She did not take very good care of it but when she needed money I bought it so it would not leave the family. I had to sand down the trigger guard to bare metal to get the rust off and hand rubbed it with Birchwood-Casey "ultra blue" and it turned out awesome! I tried doing coats but that was not getting me the results I wanted so I put some on a old cloth and just kept rubbing it in and you could see the color coming back. Took about 30 minuets of continuous rubbing to get there. I can't post pictures yet or you could see it...
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