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So I have had this Stevens 58 since I was a kid. It was getting pretty beat up and I would never use it again. I cut 7 5/8" off barrel and cut stock down to a hand grip. I was going to just restain but there was a small streak down barrel where blueing was off a superficial rusting. I ended up taking the entire gun apart and since I wanted to make it black on black I sanded the barrel to remove all pitting and any rust. Thankfully it was not deep. I sanded the entire stock.

My plan is to paint the barrelm trigger guard etc flat black, I then want to stain the entire stock a black ebony stain and then satin poly over it. Any suggestions? what is best paint to use on barrel?? I was thinking maybe a paint that is used to paint fireplaces. It handles high temps.

Here it is before I cut it down. I will take some pics cut and then when finished.
 

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Looks nice! Can turn the corners quickly with that for sure. No doubt you have an accurate tape measure. Mis-measure here and it's an automatic 20 years. :)
 

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Looks nice! Can turn the corners quickly with that for sure. No doubt you have an accurate tape measure. Mis-measure here and it's an automatic 20 years. :)
Measured twice cut once LOL Left it about 3/4 inch over the 18" for barrel and it ended up at almost 30" total so overall length was not an issue.
 

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Not the most ideal action type to use for a defense gun...but anything will get the job done if you need it to.
That thing was almost to pretty to chop up too, but that's just me. around here you don't find those old bolt guns in that good a shape anymore...most of em had the snot beat out of em by kids and farmers (me included in both cases! LOL).

I would finish the metal with Cerakote, Duracoat, or another of the firearms finish systems. You can get air-dry versions so you don't need to stink up the oven (It isn't that bad as long as you do it when the wife is gone for a few hours! LOL)
http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/metal-prep-coloring/paint-finishes/index.htm?f_a=13

The ebony stain on the stock should look nice. Black like you want it but it'll still look like wood and not some cheapo plastic stock.
 

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I just bought two old bolt action 12 gauges to restore - one a Mossberg clip fed with adjustable choke. I will simply cold blue the barrels. I will sand the stocks lightly then simply use levels of tung oil on them. The first of the two I bought just arrived at our local FFL so I will pick it up during this week - depends on how fast the feds come back for the transfer. These days they are slow.
 

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Not the most ideal action type to use for a defense gun...but anything will get the job done if you need it to.
That thing was almost to pretty to chop up too, but that's just me. around here you don't find those old bolt guns in that good a shape anymore...most of em had the snot beat out of em by kids and farmers (me included in both cases! LOL).

I would finish the metal with Cerakote, Duracoat, or another of the firearms finish systems. You can get air-dry versions so you don't need to stink up the oven (It isn't that bad as long as you do it when the wife is gone for a few hours! LOL)
http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/metal-prep-coloring/paint-finishes/index.htm?f_a=13

The ebony stain on the stock should look nice. Black like you want it but it'll still look like wood and not some cheapo plastic stock.
I know what you are saying but with the line of rust on barrel I wanted to do something. That line was there back when I first got it and never got worse but looked bad. I paid $25 for it and it was probably not worth much more than $50. I know the action is not ideal but it is very smooth and I can cycle fairly quickly. Two in mag and one in chamber and I can get the three off in seconds and should get the job done. I thought it would make a "different" kind of HD gun. It is for sure.
 

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I like it and I think I am going to get one and do the same thing. I think it would be fun to do the modification and it would be fun to shoot.

I hope you put the finished pics up.
 

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I like it and I think I am going to get one and do the same thing. I think it would be fun to do the modification and it would be fun to shoot.

I hope you put the finished pics up.
I will as soon as I can get it finished. Busy at work now. Gun show this weekend. Looking for a nice .22 for the wife and for me to have fun with at range for a little cheaper. Looking for a Ruger P22 or maybe a Beretta U22 Neos. My friend is also looking at that and it is peaking my interest.
 
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