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Old February 7, 2020, 09:49 AM   #26
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Personal Opinion-Shoot first: My hopes are that the pitting looks worse in the pictures than in real life. The edges look sharp. I'd be very selective about who did the bluing. The rifle has sharp edges and the screws look good. Ripples and dished out screw holes will make rifle worse. I would not use that cold blue stuff on anything as rifle would be better left in the white. One aspect that has not been discussed is the ruined wood. Getting the stock and forend replaced will make OP's rifle look 100% better.
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Old February 27, 2020, 09:55 PM   #27
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I have rust blued a couple older guns that were hopelessly rusted and pitted. Hot blue is glaringly obvious when done over pitting. Rust blue will not cover up pitting, but being a softer matte blue, it will look better than the hot blue.

If it were on my bench to work on, I would strip all of the rust and not touch the metal - no hope in polishing out the pits. Just ensure a uniform base metal and rust blue it.

The stock really also needs a re-finish or a replacement.

They are beautiful and fascinating rifles, whether it's worth it is up to you. I would figure minimum $300-400 to rust blue the metal, more depending on the smith you go with.

I wouldn't touch it with cold blue. Someone mentioned Oxpho blue, and that's about the best of the best, but it's still cold blue. The difference is very obvious.
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Old February 27, 2020, 11:05 PM   #28
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I’d cerakote it with different shades of OD green tiger stripes. Just kidding, I’d honestly go shoot it the way it is to make sure it works first. I’m super jealous, always wanted a .35 Remington model 8 or 81.
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Taking in consideration the wood ( recoil pad ) the D&T for scope, sight base on rear of reciever is more D&T. I would shoot the rifle the way it is. Unless a gun like this has sentimental value the cost of a good refinish isn't practical. 8s are good rifles but if they have any problems parts are hard to come by. If it functions and shoots decent I would be happy to leave it alone and use as is.
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Old March 5, 2020, 06:46 PM   #30
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I'm in the "shoot and enjoy" camp. For a ocouple reasons. 1. No matter what you spend, and it could be quite a bit, it is never going to be a collector, or worth a fraction of what refinishing it properly will cost.
2. I enjoy old guns as is. Realizing the battle scars are all an important part of their history, and the history of the former owners.
My opinions only. It's your gun, and considering the current condition you aren't going to ruin any collector value. Nor increase it much either. But if it makes you happy to spruce it up, have at it.
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Old March 12, 2020, 08:49 PM   #31
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Query Remington and see what they would do for you..

Oxphoro paste is the best of the cold blues. It really aint past but is more like
pancake syrup but not so sticky in consistancy. It will do a so so job. Go to youtube for oxphoro blue application ideas. Best is probably w/ steel wool, believe it or not.

The pitting is a BIG problem. I once took a Ithaca for reblue. Some yahoo had taken a pipewrench and tried to remove the barrel. Gun came back pristine and about 1974 for $75.
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