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12-13-2001, 02:48 PM
I bought a rebluing kit and I'm wanting to redo my Rem. 1100. ###It seems pretty straigh-forward, but any words of wisdom from the experienced?!
12-14-2001, 05:07 PM
Get the metal absolutely squeaky clean. ###No oil, no grease, no fingerprints, no nothing.
12-15-2001, 06:24 PM
Another helpfull tip, if you are using a cold blue kit ... use a clean toothbrush to apply the blueing solution. Cotton Q-tip swabs or balls and some types of cloth contain oils or chemicals that will ruin the job. I feel, if you are going to do the entire gun, a professional hot blue would be better. It will cost more to have it done but the end result should be a higher quality and better looking finish.
Just my experience,
12-17-2001, 07:07 AM
About how much should a gun run to have it hot blued?
12-17-2001, 09:19 AM
Hot-blueing should cost anywhere from $250 to $350 depending on which gunsmith you go to. I had a Browning Citori done to factory spec's and it came out beautifully. I'm not sure how much an automatic would cost. Sometimes, it is worth spending the extra money up front rather than worry about damaging your gun. Good luck.
12-17-2001, 04:32 PM
jayber ###What do you use the gun for? If you want to use it for waterfowl or turkeys you might want to paint it a camo color or you could spend a little to have it done. Once painted or dipped you dont have to worry as much about the outside rusting. A friend of mine sent his out and had it dipped. They did a great job. ### ### ### ### ### ### ### ### ### Fubar
12-17-2001, 07:09 PM
Fubar brings up an excellent point. The camo dip can be had for ~ $180 Click here for details (http://www.trebark.com/second_skin/) Of course if you have a wood stock you might just want to re-blue.
I did the kit blueing to a couple guns 20 years ago. Worked fine. First one I messed up. No problem just re-do it again.
They came out fine. But the Hot Blueing will last longer.
The cold blue kits tend to get wear marks easier.
Uplandhunter >> The price you quoted seems rather high.
(just my opinion) I had a guy in New York do a Browning A5 for $75 about 5 years ago, I just gave him the barrel, reciever and forearm nut.
I may have some contact names of G-Smith's in New York if you need one let me know.
12-17-2001, 09:42 PM
If its a hunting gun you might look into parkerizing. ###But actually I just painted my 1100 mag duck gun with duck boat enamal, both the wood and metal. ###I touch it up a little each year but it works just fine for waterfowl and spring gobblers.
12-18-2001, 07:11 AM
The price of $75 may be correct for an auto. I guess the price I paid for my O/U was high because of the special process they have to use for the barrels. At least that's what they told me. And I didn't disassemble the gun like you had, so that may have made a difference. And you are correct that hot-blueing lasts longer. (It better for that amount of money).
12-18-2001, 09:56 AM
Uplandhunter >> You know I thought after I posted that your O/U is essentially 2 barrels (albeit 1 piece) and would require more work. And I am sure the disassembly made a difference. Just passing along what little knowledge I have.
That Browning Citori is my favorite shotgun. I have a 20guage O/U. I always wanted one and finally got one. I have only used it once on a dove hunt. The A5 is next in line. I have a 12 and 16 guage. Although I retired them for my Benelli, it likes to talk to turkey's.
12-18-2001, 01:48 PM
Yeah, Arrowhead. I agree. My Citori is also a 20 gauge that I have owned for 15 years. It is as sweet a gun as you would want for any hunting to be done in SoCal or anywhere for that matter. That being said, I am in my waiting period on a SKB 385 sxs in 20 gauge that feels just as good as the Browning. I guess my wife is going to cut me off for any more gun related stuff until next Christmas, huh?
12-18-2001, 08:51 PM
I have not had a gun hot blued in recent years, the last one I had done was in 1993. It was a Winchester 30-30, then it ran around $80.00 if I remember correctly. Now days there are several different types of finishes that can be had other than blueing. Some of the guys here may be able to help you more.
12-21-2001, 11:11 AM
Thanks for the input everyone! ###And sorry I didn't respond sooner, but I was away on business. ###Anyway, the gun is used strictly for deer hunting. ###I used to have a receiver mounted scope plate on it that scratched it up some that I'd like to take care of. ###So, it sounds like I need to check with some gunsmiths to get estimates on hot bluing.
12-21-2001, 01:12 PM
Try this place for bluing it comes recommended from a gunsmith I have used for work on one of my 10/22ís ###gunbluing.com
12-21-2001, 08:44 PM
Hey why do you blue your guns? ###Sorry if this is a stupid question.
I have a friend who deals in guns and he told me an old gun I have would be worth more money if it hadn't been blued. ###Does this sound right?
Sorry if these are obvious questions, ###But hey I mostly shoot a bow.
12-22-2001, 10:09 AM
Rusman66 >> Are you sure he didn't mean Re-blueing the gun?
Most collectable guns are worth more in thier original condition as opposed to having it re-blued.
That's the only thing I cna think your friend meant.
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