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This old .444 aparently fell from A moving vehicle then was alowed to rust for A while before i got it.






Stock broken, sights ground off and broken, plenty of rust
 

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WOW! very nice recovery there! looks good and glad you fixed it back up. i like the straight stock conversion too. good job.
 

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You did a great job on that one Gater. It looks like a good rifle for stalking through the thick stuff.
 

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Looks great the dura coat looks like a good blue job.
 

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What did you use to get rid of the rust?

Sandblaster!

I actualy screwed up on the duracoat. I did not shake it well enough and it came out too glossy. was to be matt.
Looks ok though. It shows defects more with the gloss but not bad.
 

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Well it looks great in the pics. I shot Frankenstein (my Mauser project) yesterday and decided it shoots good enough with the worn 8mm barrel I'm leaving it in 8mm. When I got home I slathered some cold blue on it to...well to try and make it look a little better. It looks like crap, but is a good emergency shooter should I ever need one. The good news is I need another Mauser action for my new 25-06 barrel.:D
 

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The neighbor has the blaster cabinet. Cheap POS but it works fine.

I will use the Duracoat again ( follow directions better ) I did this 3 weeks ago and the overspray on my fingernails is still there. Gun looks good I just think A flatter finish would not show the imperfections as much as the gloss.
 

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The neighbor has the blaster cabinet. Cheap POS but it works fine.

I will use the Duracoat again ( follow directions better ) I did this 3 weeks ago and the overspray on my fingernails is still there. Gun looks good I just think A flatter finish would not show the imperfections as much as the gloss.
If you can snag a pic I would like to check it out.

Is it homemade?
 

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You can but A pretty nice blast cabinet at Harbor freight for about $100. some less.
Its the compressor that I can't afford.
 

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Aman to the compressor. Mine is a 5hp 20 gal Craftsman that is thirty years old this summer. It is only now starting to get weak. I paid sometime like 350 bucks for it new, and I can replace it for about the same. But the new ones will NOT last thirty years I would be surprised if one of these Chinese junk heaps will go five years. 5hp and 20 gal is on the low side of what is required for normal shop use. It will just keep up with a spray gun, and will run out of air for a sand blaster. A better option is an 8hp 60gal and entry level Chinese products are between 6 hundred and a grand, and they will be junk NIB. I'm going to see if overhaul parts are available for my old Craftsman.
 

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I've got an old 2hp 20gal Craftsman. You are right those Craftsman sure last a long time. I wouldn't attempt any big jobs with it, but it sure is handy for most things around my house.
 

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Nice resurrection there Gater. You do know how to bring them back from death's door step.

I'm curious though, isn't a 17" barrel a little long for you? I thought all of yours were 16.000000001" long. ;)
 
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