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Old 01-09-2014, 08:37 PM   #1
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Restoring the finish on a rusted gun

a very un-loved Ruger Standard (pre-Mark I) from 1951

here is what it looked like when I got it
 
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:37 PM   #2
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after dis-assembly, I de-greased the gun and used Naval Jelly to remove the rust



I then used the wire wheel to remove the scale to see what we have to deal with.....it is worse than I thought

 
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some more progress
 
 
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more updates, I have the pits removed

This is a 600 grit finish




 
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Here it is after the 1st pass on the buffer, some of the pits will remain (they are too close to the roll marks to remove). Also I plan on sand blasting the top of the barrel/receiver as well as the ring at the front site




 
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Here is a comparison shot, showing the progress on the barrel
 
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here is the frame after sanding and a 1st pass on the buffer. The buffing will show all the flaws, I found a few spots where I need to go back and sand out the scratches
 
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the parts are ready for bluing



finished!
 
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before & after shots



see the whole write up here: TINCANBANDIT's Gunsmithing: Redemption for an unloved gun
 
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Nice work.
There's only so much you can do with pitting.
 
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