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Old February 17th, 2017, 11:56 AM   #1
 
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Restoring an old Bearcat

I picked this little revolver up for $50. It had been sitting in a tub in a storage unit that unfortunately got water in it. The bore and cylinders were fine, but it had quite a bit of rust on the side of the gun that had been sitting in water. The grips were also pretty waterlogged, so they needed replacing as well.

The grips I found on eBay and are an old set of Jay Scott grips. I ordered a new ejector rod from Numrich, but the rest are the original parts.

I did all the metal cleanup myself and had my gunsmith coat it in Cerakote. The barrel, cylinder, trigger and hammer are all done in Tungsten and the remainder in Graphite Black.

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Old February 17th, 2017, 01:35 PM   #2
 
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Kinda' ugly looking. I like it!
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Very nice, however I would have had it done in a shinier Cerakote like the original finish, that matched the original bluing. Nice looking grips though.
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Considering what you had to work with, I think you turned a sow's ear into a silk purse!
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Good job for a good gun.
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Before it was ugly, After, I like it very much,outstanding job you've done to restore it survey76!
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Nice job considering before and after!!!
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Nicely done. Always good to save a classic from a terrible fate.
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Wow! Great job. Transformation from a lost soul ugly duckling to a beautiful swan.
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Considering what you had to work with, I think you turned a sow's ear into a silk purse!
What he said, nice job.
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Fantastic Job!

Wow, what a great job!
Are there steps online for how to restore a gun? I have a shotgun that had camo tape on it and the tape was removed before I got it. That tape residue is all over it.
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Thanks guys. I'm very happy with the results.


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Wow, what a great job!

Are there steps online for how to restore a gun? I have a shotgun that had camo tape on it and the tape was removed before I got it. That tape residue is all over it.


If you look around you'll find all sorts of How-To videos and stuff.

For the tape residue, rubbing alcohol should get most of it off. If not, Dawn dishwashing soap will for sure. Either way, you'll need to make sure and re-oil as it will strip all that as well.


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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.
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