Amateur Gunsmith

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by TINCANBANDIT, Sep 15, 2015.

  1. TINCANBANDIT

    TINCANBANDIT Active Member

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    Hey guys. I am an amateur gunsmith (more like a gun mechanic) and have done a few restorations in the past.

    I did some work on my three Marlins

    A model 60 that I got for cheap at a gun show

    http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2014/05/project-night-prowler.html
    http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/07/marlin-model-81-dl-project-part-2.html

    A model 81 DL .22

    http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/07/marlin-model-81-dl-project-part-1.html

    A model 1895 Guide Gun in 45-70

    http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2014/03/marlin-1895-mods.html


    One of my next projects is a model 1893 that needs a complete restoration
     
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  2. TINCANBANDIT

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    here are some of my other restoration projects:

    I have way too many shotguns and definitely wasn't looking for another one, but what can I say?

    My Father in law picked this project up for me at a yard sale for $40.

    It is a Remington model 58 12 gauge semi-auto, made in 1956, the walnut looks pretty good but the metal has pink rust spots.

    anyway, here is what it looked like when he brought it to me:

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  3. TINCANBANDIT

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    Dis-assembly, the trigger group is removed just like any other Remington 870/1100, just push out the two pins.

    The stock had two holes, one for the bolt and the other for???

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    In this picture you can see the action bar where it attaches to the piston (which is mounted in the front portion of the magazine, which is why the magazine only holds two rounds.

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    The trigger housing is aluminum and the finish looks horrible, since I have not tried anodizing yet and a polished housing would look good on this gun, I decided to strip and polish it

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  5. TINCANBANDIT

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    OK now what? I guess I need to take this mess of parts and make a working trigger mechanism out of them

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    While I was at it I polished some of the other parts

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    I also polished the bearing surfaces of the hammer

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  6. TINCANBANDIT

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    After much cursing, dis-assembly and reassembly I finally have a working trigger mechanism

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    now on to the steel

    The next step was to remove the rust and old bluing using naval jelly

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    I then remove the remaining bluing along with the acid "etching" with the wire wheel on my grinder

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  7. TINCANBANDIT

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    Then we start removing the pits, starting with 120 grit emory cloth, then moving to 220 grit sand paper

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    I kept moving up on the grit until I got to 2000 grit (wet/dry) sand paper, the metal is almost ready for bluing


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    I then went to work on the barrel, there was a large rust pit on the magazine ring, I used a file to get it smooth again

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    then I sanded the barrel to 600 grit and used the buffer to make it shine, the black stuff on the metal is buffing compound


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  8. TINCANBANDIT

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    When I blue a gun, I do more than one, more economical that way

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    Done! I also jeweled the bolt and nitre blued the pins and charging handle

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  9. MattNH

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    Nice work on the blueing, looks great!
     
  10. SHOOTER13

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    Project turned out real nice TCB...
     
  11. Mauserhooked

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    Congratulations on a nice job! What product did you use for your re-bluing?
     
  12. TINCANBANDIT

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    not a product, I mixed my own bluing salts using 1 part Sodium Nitrate to 2 parts Sodium Hydroxide along with distilled water
     
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  13. Groffeaston

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    How was the inside of the barrel? Was there any pitting or any rust inside the barrel?

    It looks great!! Great Job wish I could do that! lol
     
  14. TINCANBANDIT

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    no, the barrel looked good, I used a brass brush hooked to my drill to get it cleaned up.

    I have found that often the guns that get rusty due to neglect also have leaded barrels.... also do to neglect....kind of a blessing in disguise
     
  15. FOUR4D4

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    Nice work!
    I was going to go to school and be a gunsmith
     
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