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Sanding off that nasty old blue stuff from a Winchester Model 1904.

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by RR Rover, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. RR Rover

    RR Rover On the Rogue River New Member

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    We have an old Winchester Model 04, with good wood, receiver, beautiful ornate trigger guard, and in excellent mechanical condition. One slight problem: somebody decided to sand it down, and not with 1000 grit. (Maybe 4 grit. I don't know!) So what do we do with it? Try to take the striations out, smooth it up and reblue? Take off the striations and then leave it shiny and silvery? Or just leave it alone? Does it have more value redone? I wonder if there are some really skilled folks who could somehow reblue and then age it to look like a 90-year old patina? The blueing covered by the stock all those years is a gorgeous deep blue/black. Maybe if we get up to Cody we can see one that is a 99% gun. Thanks for reading, and I welcome any ideas.



  2. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If you decide to rust blue the rifle yourself, check out a very good product made by " Laurel Mountain Forge". It is easy to use for a novice and can return the rifle back to it's original color.
  3. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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  4. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    If it were mine I would remove the striations and rust blue it. As jbett98 said, Laurel Mountain Forge makes an excellent product. Rust blueing takes time but the results are well worth it. In my opinion tanks and blueing salts have their place but not with an old rifle like this.