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Old November 20, 2008, 02:50 AM   #1
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Just purchased a S&W M29 .44 Mag...

I just purchased the infamous Dirty Harry revolver, Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum with blue finish. I'm fairly new to using firearms, and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to what I should use to keep it clean on the outside. I use Hoppe's 9 solvent for cleaning its insides, but since the blue finish likes to display fingerprints, how can I keep it looking new? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old November 20, 2008, 03:55 AM   #2
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I've found a basic Silicone Gun Cloth wipe down after cleaning is all that's needed to make my blued guns look great (though if you intend to go a LONG period of time (1yr +) without touching the gun, you may want to lightly oil the entire thing to help block out moisture). The only way around the fingerprint problem is to not touch the gun, deep blue finishes like on those Classic S&Ws can't be that beautiful AND fingerprint resistant at the same time. Try holding just the wood of the grip while you wipe down the gun with the silicone cloth before putting it away.
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Old November 20, 2008, 08:42 AM   #3
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To keep life simple I would get some CLP. Cleaner, Lubricant, Protectant. That and a basic revolver cleaning kit. A $15 investment that well last a long time.
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Old November 20, 2008, 04:20 PM   #4
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If you can find some Birchwood Casey Sheath, jump on it. It's by far the best stuff to prevent rust I've found. Only problem is they discontinued it, or I should say, changed it to something called Barricade. It doesn't smell as good as Sheath did, but it's supposed to do the same thing.
That's why I said, if you find Sheath jump on it. When I heard that they were changing the stuff, I hit all the local gun stores and bought what I could find. It's that good.
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Old November 20, 2008, 05:28 PM   #5
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Congratulations Cali. That is a good gun, and pretty too!

The problem with it being pretty is that you already are getting that protective instinct. Next thing, it will be in the safe looking new while you look for something else to shoot.

Let it get dirty from lots of shooting. Clean it later if you want, but first & foremost enjoy shooting it.

Here's a tip to help you really enjoy that gun:

240 gr. FP + 4.7 gr. of HP38 = Good shootin' out of yer 44 Magnum.
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Old November 25, 2008, 06:32 AM   #6
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You might want to try some Flitz, I've been meaning to pick up a bottle for using on my 686. I've heard good things about it helping to protect against fingerprints, here's the description from Midway:

"Flitz Rifle and Gun Wax is a carnauba and beeswax formula that provides exceptional results on blued, nickel and stainless steel as well as polished and hand-rubbed stocks. It removes and protects against rust, fingerprints, water stains and powder residue. Will not attract dust or wash off in rain. Water-based, contains no solvents. Easy to apply and buff off and protects up to 3 months."
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Old November 25, 2008, 02:02 PM   #7
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Make sure you use the Flitz wax and not the metal polish...otherwise you'll take the blue finish right off...

The polish is similar to Brasso--it is a mild abrasive that can be used to touch up a stainless-steel (bare) finish. But on blued or parkerized guns--keep clear of it. Most decent hardware stores carry the polish, but you'll have to look a bit to find the wax, but it does protect the finish well.

Another to try is 'Renaissance Wax'. I know Atlanta Cutlery used to sell it, they recommend it for preserving the finish on thier knives and swords.

Be aware that the wax finishes can build up a coating. I prefer something 'wet' like sheath, Rem-Oil or Break-Free.
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