Originally Posted by Steely
If I were to remove the rust and re-blue the rifle,
what would be the best way to go about doing that?
Also, I keep reading how the .219 Zipper was a round nose bullet,
due to the tubular magazines of the lever guns, which affected the ballistics in a negative way
has anyone ever built a floor plate to make the rifle work as a single shot?
that would allow the use of more accurate bullets
Just a thought
Steely: Just based on your question tells me a lot. I would suggest you find someone who knows what they are doing to blue your gun and be prepared to pay 400-500 dollars for a good job. What I can see from the pictures is that the rust is not all that bad making your gun a candidate for something other than a kitchen table top blue job. I could walk you through it if you wanted to go over it on the phone but no matter how good you can take instruction, skill is a key issue. I use to blue guns as part of making a living and the preparation of the metal is the most important part of the process. To do it right most of it has to be done by hand and NOT with electric buffers.
As for your floor plate idea I would suggest you just get another gun. The trigger mechanism in a model 94 is very crude when compared to a gun that would give you the accuracy that I am assuming you are trying to achieve. While the 219 Zipper is a cool little cartridge the fact that Winchester only offered that chambering for 4 years in a gun that has survived three different centuries has to tell you volumes that gun and caliber are far from a good match.
PM me if you want to share phone numbers and I will do my best to walk you through the bluing process. It will take more than one call but I am happy to do it.