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Old 02-03-2016, 12:38 PM
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I expect this may be the oldest ownership of any firearm on CFOT. My 1949 410 I got new in 1949. That makes it 67 years old.

Now 2 sons and 4 grandsons have got to fire it. It's in excellent mechanical condition but the bluing wore off years ago. I refinished the wood some time ago with an oil finish. Thinking about rebluing it now.


On a previous restoration I engine turned the receiver to a natural steel finish. The receiver was originally a case hardened finish. I have tried Birchwood Casey bluing on the barrel but it rubs off pretty quick. I need to check out local gunsmiths to see if they have a hot bluing tank.

Any recommendation for a cold bluing product that you have had success with?


That mantle clock came from my parents mantle, I think it's about the same age as my shotgun. It still keeps excellent time and chimes every 15 minutes.
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That gun's my age. Probably in better shape, too.
I have my Ruger 10/22 purchased new in '65.
Have had varying degrees of success with B/C paste blue. Prep maybe?
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I have a Savage model 1899 that was manufactured in 1909. It was my wife's grandfather's, then my FIL's, now mine.
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Originally Posted by Joe B. View Post
That gun's my age. Probably in better shape, too.
I have my Ruger 10/22 purchased new in '65.
Have had varying degrees of success with B/C paste blue. Prep maybe?
Cold bluing is NOT durable!!! Metal should be bright and clean.
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Leave it alone. It's like giving an aged movie star plastic surgery.
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I guess I've watched too much Antiques Road Show. I wouldn't change it at all. I still have my .410 I got for Christmas in 1957. Not too shiney anymore but still gets used.
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I like the way it looks now, nice patina
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I Have my Dad's 16 ga, bolt action, JC Higgins. I think he got it in the 40's. Very good condition. I think I'll get it out of the safe and look at it tonight.
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I've refinished a bunch of metal (just an interest of mine), and with guns I've never had success with any cold blue over a large surface. I'd slow-rust or hot blue.

Neat shotgun you got there!
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Originally Posted by jcsperson View Post
I have a Savage model 1899 that was manufactured in 1909. It was my wife's grandfather's, then my FIL's, now mine.
What's that chambered in?

My old man collects 99 Savages and 88 Winchesters. I have a mid-50s chambered in .308 that I keep meaning to sight in and use for hunting one of these years.
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I grew up with a Stevens bolt action .410. I shot many a squirrel and rabbit with that gun. I was bummed when it got sold off in the auction after my parent's divorce. I ended up buying another at a gun show and I use it occasionally for small game.
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I've got a .69-.72 caliber Sutton U.S. Contract Model 1795/1808 Flintlock Musket dated 1809. The interesting thing about this rifle is that it was converted to a percussion lock somewhere along the line.

My oldest modern rifle is a 1952 Remington Gamemaster Model 760 pump action .30-06, that has felled many deer in the past, but has been retired for quite some time. Same rifle that James Earl Ray used to gun down Martin Luther King.

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Originally Posted by Gordon Shumway View Post
I've got a .69-.72 caliber Sutton U.S. Contract Model 1795/1808 Flintlock Musket dated 1809. The interesting thing about this rifle is that it was converted to a percussion lock somewhere along the line.

My oldest modern rifle is a 1952 Remington Gamemaster Model 760 pump action .30-06, that has felled many deer in the past, but has been retired for quite some time. Same rifle that Lee Harvey Oswald used to gun down Martin Luther King.
That was James Earl Ray.
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That was James Earl Ray.
I can't even imagine what made me type that.
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Originally Posted by Gordon Shumway View Post
I can't even imagine what made me type that.
I read it and I just kept going back to it. It took me a second.
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I'm in the 'leave it alone' camp. I think it's fine the way it is.

However, if you really want to have it refinished, send it here:

http://www.turnbullmfg.com/restorati...arm-finishing/


They aren't cheap. But they are the best.


There is also Ford's Bluing in Florida, but their reputation has been on the slide recently.
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When I was a youngster I did some hot bluing outdoors over a Coleman camp stove using rain gutter for the tank. Worked great especially after a few "coats". I don't know if the chemicals are available now as the EPA is protecting us.
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Originally Posted by Entropy View Post
What's that chambered in?

My old man collects 99 Savages and 88 Winchesters. I have a mid-50s chambered in .308 that I keep meaning to sight in and use for hunting one of these years.
I'd have to check. He passed in the fall of 2014 and I haven't had the time or inclination to mess with it. Would your dad be interested in it?
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I wasn't too clear. I meant who on CFOT has owned a firearm purchased new, not grandpas hand me down for more than 67 years.

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