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Scratches and rust on stainless

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by SPU, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    I was at a pawn shop and they had a Ruger .44Magnum that looks mechanically sound. Comes with a red dot scope. They knocked the price down by $100 but I still didn't buy it. The reason is unsightly scratches with rust in the scratches all over the barrel. It was like somebody kept tossing the gun into a metal toolbox or something. The barrel looked OK but I'd have to check it with a bore light to be sure.

    My question is whether the stainless scratches with rust are repairable? The scratches run from minor to moderate but no deep ones. Any ideas?
     
  2. halmbarte

    halmbarte PDX Active Member

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    They polish out but can you find one that isn't beat to death at a similar price?

    That a pistol has a generic red dot on it is not necessarily a selling point to me. Aimpoint T1 yes, NCStar, keep it.

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  3. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    $300 out the door. Generic red dot.
     
  4. nubus

    nubus Guest

    If its a Super Redhawk or Super Blackhawk I would buy it at that price.
    It's still not a bad deal for a standard stainless model, but be sure it's sound.
     
  5. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    I'm always leery of firearms that appear to have been abused. Who knows how deep the abuse goes and how much "bubba work" has been done inside.

    For me they're only a potential parts gun and I pay accordingly.
     
  6. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    That was entirely my thinking. If he/she treated the outside like that what else was abused? I walked away and spent a few more dollars on a like-new BFR.
     
  7. WOOF

    WOOF zzzzzzzzzzzz Member

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  8. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    You need some savvy to check out a unwarranteed revolver, end shake/cylinder/bore alignment, trigger feel (for bubba work detection)

    Stainless will rust if you neglect it!
     
  9. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    As long as it is mechanically sound the damage you describe can easily be taken care of with very little work. I love taking guns like that and making them look new again...or often better than new.

    One thing I will add. In my experience I have often found guns with similar surface issues are usually in better shape mechanically then well loved guns. people that just toss them aside and pay them no attention are seldom big shooters. The guns have usually been shoved in a drawer or stored for long periods in a holster. people who actually shoot their guns tend to appreciate their guns and care for them.