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Marlin 1894 carrier question

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by bmw2, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. bmw2

    bmw2 Mount Vernon, Wa Active Member

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    Is the carrier stainless? I just picked one up and the carrier has some light rust, any harm in bead blasting it?
  2. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I don't think it is SS. But one quick way to confirm is to apply a bit of cold blue. If it takes, it is not SS.
    I do not see any harm with bit blasting. But, IMO, it will make the carrier a bit more susceptible to rusting than keeping the surface smooth. I'd rather chemically remove the rust and then sand, or just sand with a 400/800 grit. Just my 2 cents.

    You might want to check: http://www.marlinowners.com/forum/
  3. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    use a magnet to check the carrier.but i am pretty sure it is ferrous.