Refinished another rifle

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  1. Fireman22

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  2. TINCANBANDIT

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    Thanks for the nice words!

    Here is another project

    Stevens model 73, the previous owner gave up on the project stating that he could not find a replacement for the lost bolt. I was able to find the bolt and refinished the rifle, I have less than $23 in the project
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    I decided it needed a sling, so I made one from an old leather belt
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    blog posts with pictures of the process
    http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-stevens-model-73-project-part-1.html
    http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-stevens-model-73-project-part-2.html
    http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-stevens-model-73-project-part-3.html
     
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  3. buster40c

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    You do exceptional restorations.
     
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  6. quirky

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    Man 'ole man, you found your passion, your hobby. Simply wonderful work ..
     
  7. TINCANBANDIT

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    Thanks for the kind words, it is very satisfying when they are complete and your encouragement does help get me motivated to start the next project.

    Here is the latest project:

    A Mossberg model 380 semi-auto .22 rifle. Someone had spilled or exposed the rifle to a chemical that caused some localized corrosion.
    Anyway, I removed the pits and polished the metal before rebluing it via the hot salts method.

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    blog posts

    https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2019/11/refinishing-mossberg-model-380-rifle.html

    https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2019/11/refinishing-mossberg-model-380-rifle_18.html

    https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2019/11/refinishing-mossberg-model-380-rifle_26.html
     
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  8. rugertoter

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    Wow! The bluing looks fantastic! Good job. ;)
     
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  10. rugertoter

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    TINCANBANDIT, the grain in that second Remington you did is fantastic. It always amazes me how much character is actually hiding under the old oil and stains of a wood stock.
     
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  11. Carl Crosby

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    WOW! you definitely have a talent! Amazing!
     
  12. TINCANBANDIT

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    Thanks guys, your comments do mean a lot to me....helps keep me going when I am sanding on a rusted barrel and it doesn't look like I am making any progress....

    Anyway here is a 10/22 I built, by far the prettiest 10/22 I have ever done..


    I was able to purchase a few of the left over steel 10/22 receivers from the failed Kingston Armory. They were building M1 & M1A tribute rifles using a 10/22 action as the basis for the rifle. They had some 10/22 receiver copies cast in steel and then machined.
    Anyway since I blue guns I decided to buy some of the receivers "in the white" (bare steel) and give them a high polish blue. I polished the receiver to a 5000 grit finish. Then I took one of my extra new-take-off barrels and give it the same high polish blue job. Then I bought a new anodized aluminum trigger housing from Pike Arms and a new walnut International stock (factory Ruger) from S&P Outfitters.

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    Here are my blog posts showing the process

    https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-ruger-1022-continental-project-part.html

    https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-ruger-1022-continental-project-part_6.html

    https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-ruger-1022-continental-project-part_8.html

     
  13. RL Johnson

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    I have one just like it but in stainless. A great squirrel killer.
    You did a great job on yours. Are you going to keep it? I would never part with mine.
     
  14. TINCANBANDIT

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    yep, this one is a keeper
     
  15. TINCANBANDIT

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    I have another one! This is a Smith & Wesson model 27 from the early 70's, some previous owner engraved their driver's license number on the gun, in two places....it also had some holster wear and mild rust pitting...I removed the graffiti and polished it up, then reblued it.

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    Blog post links:

    https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2020/04/the-smith-wesson-model-27-project-part-1.html

    https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2020/04/the-smith-wesson-model-27-project-part-2.html

    https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2020/04/the-smith-wesson-model-27-project-part-3.html
     
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    Teach your wife how to operate a video camera and you will have a large following on YouTube. Come up with a good opening jingle and channel name.
     
  17. SGW Gunsmith

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    Hmmm! You do this work for others, and mentioned that in post #11. So, you must keep these firearms over-night, or longer. Guess you have an FFL and enter this work you do in your bound book for entry and then disposition?
     
  18. TINCANBANDIT

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    If you must know, I am just a hobbyist. Most of the guns are owned by myself, but a few belong to friends, relatives or local gun club members. I only charge enough to cover my costs of materials.

    For those interested, here is what the BATFE has to say about the requirement for an FFL when it comes to working on guns:

    Dealer in firearms (gunsmith) -- a person who devotes time, attention, and labor to engaging in such activity as a regular course of trade or business with the principal objective of livelihood and profit, but such term shall not include a person who makes occasional repairs of firearms, or who occasionally fits special barrels, stocks, or trigger mechanisms to firearms (18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(21)(D));
     
  19. SGW Gunsmith

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    I'll need to look into that. Appears that you are in the business of. The description goes on a bit further than what you posted, and your blog lists as doing "Gunsmithing".
    Would be interesting to read how an ATF compliance agent would describe what you're doing.
     
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