I'm in the middle of restoring my 26 year old marlin 30-30. Honestly, I haven't taken very good care of it and never even knew how to pull the bolt out, so it's never even been thoroughly cleaned properly...just a few patches and maybe a light oil wipe down every year for all these years. Finish was worn off in a few spots of the stock and forearm, and I've had some light rust spots on the barrel and receiver over the years (removed pretty well when Ive seen it). But all told, it wasn't in too bad of shape, considering.
My recent delve into the flintlock world has me addicted to disassembling, cleaning, and thoroughly understanding my firearms. So, I've researched a lot, completely disassembled my rifle, and beautifully refinished the stock and forearm (7th thin coat of tru oil drying right now).
The metal doesn't appear all that bad. I've cleaned every part thoroughly and removed any rust. The barrel has some character scratches in the bluing and one that probably needs a few runs of a file. The bluing on the bottom edges of the receiver and a few other high contact areas have worn to white steel. I tested out cold bluing on the receiver, and it worked and looks good from 3-4 feet away...but it's cold blue, so you can definitely see it close up...and I expect it to wear away.
Hot bluing is too hazardous for me to try at home and paying a gunsmith to do it takes all the fun away. After lots of research I've decided to express rust blue with mark lee's solution #1. I'll polish up a small piece and test it out first. If all goes well, I'll remove the blue and polish the barrel, magazine tube, receiver, and the small pieces and screws. Then then plan is degrease, degrease again, torch, rust, boil, card, repeat...until it won't rust anymore. Oil it up and cure it.
Any advice? Tricks for thoroughly degreasing and polishing are welcome...that seems to be the hard part. Recommendation is to polish to 400 grit, but I'm thinking about trying to mirror it up to 1200 before rusting. Stop me if that's a mistake (other than glaring in the woods).
Last edited by Rugged Hunter; 01-30-2017 at 10:51 PM.