Don't give up on a ruster Ruger!

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by TINCANBANDIT, Mar 5, 2015.

  1. TINCANBANDIT

    TINCANBANDIT Active Member

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    This poor Ruger Standard Pistol was left under the back seat of a Jeep (outside) for way too long, when the owner found it, he thought it was a lost cause.

    I refused to believe that and went about restoring the gun as best I could.

    These are the before and after pictures

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    This one shows the progress on the barrel from start to finish

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    to see the whole story and more pictures see my blog post here:

    http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2013/08/redemption-for-unloved-gun.html
     
  2. phideaux

    phideaux Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    LOTS of work there.

    But the reward is a good looking revived/saved pistol.

    Good job.


    Jim
     

  3. DoubleR

    DoubleR Active Member

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    Wow! Great job! Nice save!
     
  4. buster40c

    buster40c Well-Known Member

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    That was a rough one for sure. All it needed was a lot of hands on love. Very nice job.
    What did you use for bluing?
     
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  5. TINCANBANDIT

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    This question always comes up, I use the Hot Salts method, I mix my own chemicals and heat them up in a custom built tank


    Here is a detailed explanation of the process for anyone interested:

    http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-i-blue-guns.html
     
  6. buster40c

    buster40c Well-Known Member

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    That explains the nice bluing job.
    Have you ever had any good results with cold bluing products? I refinished a Colt revolver with cold blue and I have seen a few others used the cold bluing with all close to similar results. It seems to be more of a brown/gray finish than the dark blue of hot bluing.
     
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  7. Nogoat

    Nogoat New Member

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    Nice job of saving the piece.
     
  8. lefty60

    lefty60 New Member

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    Nice job, well done!

    The before pictures look just like my pistol started out. Mine is rebuilt inside, outside is not done yet.

    Mine was a salvage recovery from the bottom of a river.

    Mine shoots great, still looks fugly, I'll have 'er done by this summer.

    Again, great look'n pistola! :D
     
  9. TINCANBANDIT

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    I have used the B-C cold bluing kit and have gotten some decent results, but just so you are aware, cold bluing isn't really bluing, it is more of a stain

    This is one of the 1st guns I restored, a High Standard Supermatic Shotgun, the action was frozen solid when I got it the wrist of the stock was also busted, shoots good now. I used the Birchwood-Casey kit

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    I also did this Ruger .44 Carbine, most can not tell that it is not the original finish

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  10. TINCANBANDIT

    TINCANBANDIT Active Member

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    some other guns I have restored

    Remington model 58 shotgun
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    Marlin 1894 .357 Cowboy
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    Sporterized Arisaka type 99
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  11. TINCANBANDIT

    TINCANBANDIT Active Member

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    Winchester model 1906
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    Norinco 1911
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    Colt Police Positive .22
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    Ruger MkII
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  12. TINCANBANDIT

    TINCANBANDIT Active Member

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    A few of my current projects

    Colt New Service
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    Colt Trooper MkIII
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    Ruger old model .357 Blackhawk
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  13. lefty60

    lefty60 New Member

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    Your doing some mighty fine work there! Keep it up! :D
     
  14. EasyCZ

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    Awesome work!