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    Today, 12:39 AM
    I learned how to do the Slow Rust Process in a Custom Rifle Building Class years ago. Since then I know I must have done over complete 200 guns. So Yes, I have had a little practice. Once you do two or three guns, you are going to wonder why you...
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    Yesterday, 10:31 PM
    Rattle can spray paint will protect against rust because it seals off the metal from the air and minimal moisture. But most are softened or removed by oils or gun cleaning products. Epoxy paint usually will not be softened by oil or cleaning...
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    Yesterday, 10:10 PM
    I let my parts Slow Rust for 24 hours. But I do not have it in a steam environment, where it can collect moisture. The room I put the parts in has a light steamy environment to start off, but that dissipates in a few minutes, and just remains...
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    Yesterday, 07:37 PM
    You can use Heat stop paste on the Sparking area, ( Be Generous ) and a heat sink between the part to be drilled and the tempered part of the Frizzen. I take it , the part you have to drill is at the end of the frizzen. Heck, we weld bolt handles...
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    Yesterday, 04:08 PM
    I just let the bathroom steam up from the shower or Tub. Then I turn off the water and hang the parts in there overnight. But then I was single for 17 years and had a spare shower in my house. But now, I just have a good wife who doesn't mind me...
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    Yesterday, 03:57 PM
    Paint is the cheapest and quickest Powder Coating is more time intensive. Slow rust blue can be the longest lasting against rust protection, unless you take extra steps in the metal prep for doing paint, or powder coating. All three, the key is...
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    Yesterday, 01:26 PM
    When you say " Imperfections " what do you mean ?
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    Yesterday, 09:50 AM
    LAGS replied to a thread Barrel vice in Gunsmithing Tips & Tricks
    The one from Brownell's is the one I bought 20 years ago. It is still going strong, and works very well with the proper Bushing to fit the barrel.
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    04-20-2019, 03:42 PM
    @ Bazoo Thank you. The OP in this thread did not include any Back Story, so naturally people are going to jump on him, because they assume that he Butchered a Perfectly Good Piece of history. He probably bought it as a Cut Up Parts Kit that was...
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    04-20-2019, 12:37 PM
    Grinding one side off a triangular file works. BUT. Most triangular files that you can buy, are Tapered. When using them, you have to watch to make sure you are not starting off on the Thin end, then as you go forward on the file stroke, you are...
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    04-20-2019, 05:07 AM
    Nobody ever wants to listen to the Back Story about how things came to be. I once picked up an old Mauser that had literally been run over by a truck. The barrel was bent, the sights were damaged, the stock was Cracked in two, and the trigger...
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    04-19-2019, 04:58 PM
    I can see that the price on an antique Wringer washing machine Just Jumped up. If you cant use them for what they were designed for, then adapt them to do what you want. That is why I always say, I am not a Gunsmith. I am a Firearms Recycler.
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    04-19-2019, 04:49 PM
    I always Buff down my metal with 320 sandpaper , Then Bead blast the metal to get a better rust blue finish that is more even. You can, Polish out the metal to 600 grit, but the bluing solution is like applying water to Glass. It streaks badly,...
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    04-19-2019, 12:27 PM
    Practice on a scrap piece of steel or pipe. But make sure you only work the file in Forward Strokes with Even pressure. I hate it when I see someone filing back and forth like they are playing a violin. That just dulls your file, and rounds off...
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    04-19-2019, 12:12 PM
    The reason you Boil the water or use Steam for that matter, is because at 212 degrees, the oxygen is separating from the hydrogen in the water. Oxygen is what causes the rust. Bluing is nothing more than Red Oxide , converted to Black Oxide. It...
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    04-19-2019, 09:41 AM
    @ Indian Joe. If you get a chance, could you post pictures of what you are starting with. With our help, we could come up with suggestions on what you should try to make your project go smoother. or if possible, inspire us to follow in your...
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    04-19-2019, 12:49 AM
    That is why I waited till they had running water in Arizona ,before I moved here from California. I even had a hand in installing 54" water lines in Phoenix as part of my construction job. LOL Hay, we even have Indoor plumbing now. But to tell...
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    04-18-2019, 09:35 PM
    The Blotchy situation like said by Deadeye Bly will correct itself with other coats. That is the nice thing about slow rust bluing. You will notice, As you built up layers, Only the parts that are not fully blued, are the only ones that will...
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    04-18-2019, 08:34 PM
    I had a Dovetail Cutting Guide , years ago from Brownells. But I cant find it now. But if you are careful, you can cut a dovetail without a guide and a two sided tri angular sight file. I have done it Freehand for years. But the guide probably...
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    04-18-2019, 07:05 PM
    Cutting a 1/2" off a cannon barrel ? What were they thinking. You know how much Velocity they just lost . LOL
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    04-18-2019, 05:36 PM
    The wringers are even scarcer out here in the desert. Back in those days, they didn't have Water to wash the clothes, so who needs a wringer in our heat, we just hung things up to dry.
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    04-18-2019, 05:29 PM
    @ Chill Wills Be careful when applying the rusting solution to the metal on an Octagon barrel or any Sharp edges for that matter. Wipe the barrel in one direction only, with Even Pressure. The bluing solution if too wet, or you go over it twice...
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    04-18-2019, 05:22 PM
    @ Texas by god Thank you about the sculpting on the stock. I also do the cheek piece with a shadow line underneath I have to get back into practicing my checkering. But for the longest time, people only wanted Smooth stocks with minimal detail....
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    04-18-2019, 12:01 PM
    @ Red Bear. Slow Rust Bluing is one of the Easiest and longest lasting bluing jobs that you can do at home, with Minimum Investment. It will not give you a Polished Hi Gloss bluing. But the protection is second to none as far as Bluing Protection...
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    04-18-2019, 09:59 AM
    Use the metal to make a Flash hider for another rifle, or like was said, a BP pistol of some sort. I have a box of barrel cut offs that I have acquired over 30 years. They slowly get used for projects. I even turned down the outside of some, and...
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    04-18-2019, 09:49 AM
    Thank you waksupi , I had totally forgot to mention Boiling times. Yes, if each coat is not Boiled or converted long enough in Distilled Water, ( 25 minutes ), you will end up with a future case of Browning. But, that may be to some peoples...
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    04-18-2019, 12:24 AM
    If it works, Get a patent on it. You will be Rich in no time.
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    04-18-2019, 12:16 AM
    When I slow rust blue, I never have put plugs in the barrel or chamber. IF you do not get any of the bluing acid inside the barrel , it will not rust. And when I finish boiling the barrel, And while it is Still HOT, I run a Clean Degreased bore...
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    04-17-2019, 10:46 PM
    @ BigAlofPa You are welcome. I like digging back into my past and bringing up Ideas that worked for me back in the day. But if the epoxy doesn't work the way you want it to, it is easy to remove and try something else.
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    04-17-2019, 10:37 PM
    @ indian joe It sounds like you are on a Roll. Good luck on your project. I am glad I had a hand in the Idea, but wish I had the time and materials to work on one for myself and share ideas.
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
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