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Old February 18th, 2017, 07:07 AM   #16
 
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Great job. I love seeing stories like this.



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Yet another orphan rescued! Good work!

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Great result considering what you had to work with. I like the way it looks. Nice to see it restored rather than left to continue to deteriorate. Out of curiosity, how much did they charge for the Cerakote and work, and how does the bore look?
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Much better than it was! Definitely worth the $50 if it functions and shoots!
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Great result considering what you had to work with. I like the way it looks. Nice to see it restored rather than left to continue to deteriorate. Out of curiosity, how much did they charge for the Cerakote and work, and how does the bore look?


I think it was about $160 for the Cerakote, but I did some bartering. He's refinancing his house and needed a survey, so I traded him a survey for some gunsmith work.

Bore looks fine. We'll see how it shoots today. The boy and I are headed to the range later.


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I think it was about $160 for the Cerakote, but I did some bartering. He's refinancing his house and needed a survey, so I traded him a survey for some gunsmith work.

Bore looks fine. We'll see how it shoots today. The boy and I are headed to the range later.


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Great deal, always good when you can barter. Enjoy.
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Goo be gone gets rid of tape residue just not sure what it would do to bluing. My guess is it would take it off.
"Goo Gone" is the perfect product and safe on bluing, won't even remove cold bluing. It's basically an oil and citrus product. It's safe on anything, even clothing.

Acetone and lacquer thinner will also work and not affect the finish but keep them away from plastic parts or finished wood parts! Acetone works the fastest.
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"Goo Gone" is the perfect product and safe on bluing, won't even remove cold bluing. It's basically an oil and citrus product. It's safe on anything, even clothing.

Acetone and lacquer thinner will also work and not affect the finish but keep them away from plastic parts or finished wood parts! Acetone works the fastest.
I'm sure if I clean it up it will be a nice looking shotgun.
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Little late on this, but I think it's great that you are rescuing a Bearcat. The Bearcat is one of my favorites. Good work.
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If rubbing alcohol (91% isopropyl alcohol?) doesn't verk, GONRA uses gasoline.
Obviously outside the house, just a tiny bit on a paper towel,
and remember steel-on-steel can spark.
Cleaning off sticky gunk with gasoline has NEVER FAILED me!

Remember to let cleaned part "air out" before bringing it inside.
Mrs. GONRA does NOT like the house to "smell like gas"!
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Nice job. Love the grips
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Considering what you had to work with, I think you turned a sow's ear into a silk purse!
+1 quite an improvement from what it was. It's a shame seeing things like that happen to those nice older Rugers.
A job well done.
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My Bearcat, purchased in 1964, was $49.50 out the door, and I have used it to dispatch squirrels, road injured deer, several venomous snakes, a few cotton tail rabbits and one very unlucky crow. You have done a fine job of saving a fine old pistol..........robin
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