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Thread: Anyone know how to polish nickel on a rifle?

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    Boolit Master

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    Have you ever heard of Simichrome? It is a pink polish that comes in a tube, made in Germany, sort of pricy for what it is. I think you might be able to buy some at Brownell's, but I'm sure it's available from many sources. I used it for years to polish brass. It just takes a very small amount and a very soft cloth. You might give that a try, and then follow sawzall's advice about using a paste wax. Several of my guns are preserved with Trewax brand carnauba wax. I put it on both the metal and wood. You don't want to overdo, just a little bit put on the surface you desire to protect, rubbed with your finger in a circular motion to fill any pores. A very thin coat, which you can repeat as needed. Let it dry, which only takes a few minutes, and then buff it off with a soft cloth. You'll get a hard, shiny surface which might very well prevent re-tarnishing. Wax was widely used as a protectant before all of the miracle oils appeared on the market. One nice thing is that it's easy to touch up or apply another coat as needed, and as long as you keep the coats thin and don't just gob it on it's not noticeable and enhances the firearm's appearance.

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    And never look back!!!
    The .357 Magnum......
    1935
    Major Douglas Wesson, using factory loads, which were a 158 gr. soft lead bullet, traveling 1515 fps, from an 8 3/4" barreled S&W, producing 812 ft. lbs of muzzle energy.
    Antelope - 200 yards (2 shots)
    Elk - 130 yards (1 shot)
    Moose - 100 yards (1 shot)
    Grizzly Bear - 135 yards (1 shot).

    It kind of makes one wonder, why today, it will bounce off anything bigger than a rabbit

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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
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check