Re: Barrel Corrosion
Looks like you have a mess on your hands, but at the same time could be a fun project. That rust and corrosion has to come off. It will only get worse if you leave it like that.
First off, any refinish job will take away from a collectable gun's value. Assumeing that you just want to stop the rust and make it look decent again, if I were you I'd take the metal action out of the stock and remove the rust with fine steel wool - say 0000 grade (wrapped around the barrel evenly to avoid creating flat spots). That will remove the scale and polish the metal. You may have to EVENLY sand it with very fine 900 grit wet or dry sand paper, then re-polish it with the steel wool.
Second, wearing rubber gloves (to keep your body oils and salts off the metal), after the metal is really bright and shiney, clean it with a degreaser. Do this a couple of times to get ALL the oil off.
Third, warm the metal to at least room temp or higher to open the pores of the metal. Warm to the touch is best. Apply a good cold blue, like Birchwood Casey "Super Blue". After it hazes over, polish it down again with that fine steel wool, and re-aplly like that about 4 times. The more you do this the darker and more even the final finish will be. Remember to keep those rubber gloves on while blueing and handling the metal parts.
Finally, for the final step, I'd LIGHTLY polish the finished barrel with clean 0000 steel wool saturated in good gun oil, then rub it down with a soft cloth with clean gun oil. Some of the surface blue will come off on the cloth, but the blue should be deep enough after 4 times to leave a decent finish.
Don't mean to insult you, but always remember to wipe down the metal on firearms with a soft oily cloth after handeling, and keep them clean and oiled to prevent rust spots. I'd keep the oils off the wood as much as possible, as that soaks in and eventually damages the wood.
Should look bunches better, or just have a gunsmith do it for about $150. Only worth all of this if the gun is shootable and you like to work with your hands.
Last edited by jim brady; 12-06-2010 at 12:02 PM..