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Here is another gun I restored, the owner wanted it reblued and made pretty again, not back to original, but looking good without the rust.

The shotgun had been in the family for three generations and the current owners brother put a recoil pad on it in bubba fashion, so I fixed that, polished and reblued the steel, nitre blued the pins and charging handle and refinished the stock to match.

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links to the blog posts

http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2016/12/remington-1100-restoration-part-1.html

http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2016/12/remington-1100-restoration-part-2.html

http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2016/12/remington-1100-restoration-part-3.html
 

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Stevens model 73, the previous owner gave up on the project stating that he could not find a replacement for the lost bolt. I was able to find the bolt and refinished the rifle, I have less than $23 in the project
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I decided it needed a sling, so I made one from an old leather belt

blog posts with pictures of the process
http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-stevens-model-73-project-part-1.html
http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-stevens-model-73-project-part-2.html
http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-stevens-model-73-project-part-3.html
 

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In what you show here, you definitely reflect an artistic bent.
I tend to simply speak of lacking time for such work. The inconvenient truth... Lack of talent! Make that 'profound lack'!
Congrats on your talents!
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Since we're asking questions...

Do you take on work? Picked up something a little beyond my capabilities and could use an assist.

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OK I'll try to answer all the questions

#1 I am strictly a hobbyist, I buy rusty guns and refinish them for fun and to build a collection and of course to build my skills
#2 I cannot take on any work, as I have no FFL and thus cannot operate as a business
#3 I remove the rust and pits by coating the steel with naval jelly, then use sand paper to get the metal smooth and flat again

Here is another project:

A quick refinish on a Remington 700 rifle, I also installed a new Timney trigger while I was at it


This is how it was brought to me, in pieces





Finished





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Blog Posts


https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2019/08/remington-700-refinish-part-1.html
https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2019/08/remington-700-refinish-part-2.html
 

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I has an 1100 that I bought factory-new in 1969. Your restoration looks better than mine did new. What do you do for blue?
I use the hot salts/hot caustic method. It involves sodium hydroxide and sodium nitrate heated to 290 degrees, I don't often get pictures cause I work alone and am wearing PPE during the process

Here is another one:



This one is a Dan Wesson model 15 with two extra barrel, all were frosty with rust and some minor pitting
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Blog Posts showing the process
https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-dan-wesson-model-15-project-part-1.html
https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-dan-wesson-model-15-project-part-2.html
https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-dan-wesson-model-15-project-part-3.html
 

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Another month, another refinished gun. This one is a Mossberg model 380 semi-auto .22 rifle. Someone had spilled or exposed the rifle to a chemical that caused some localized corrosion.
Anyway, I removed the pits and polished the metal before rebluing it via the hot salts method.


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blog posts


https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2019/11/refinishing-mossberg-model-380-rifle.html



https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2019/11/refinishing-mossberg-model-380-rifle_18.html



https://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2019/11/refinishing-mossberg-model-380-rifle_26.html
 

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As Observing Very Nice Workmanship...

Could you please diverge just a moment from the very nice work products show & tell. Such to answer a question occurring whenever I see such quality work.
WHAT THE HECK DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO HAVE TALENT...??? :) :) :)

Handicraft mode... My "success" in life, learning 'NOT TO GO THERE! Blood, sweat & bungled guns later... My own 'learning curve' largely following a grain of 'Hollywood wisdom' spoken in a classic "Dirty Harry" (Clint Eastwood) film line:
"A man has to know his limitations." The sad thing of course the littered trail of Bubbas on life support during 'learning curve'.

Blood, sweat & bungled guns later... At least by now decades well 'learned'. Moreover, long ago 'offing' my own small trail of carnage! 'Bubbas on life support. Yet the positive side. Without such or rampant misuse/neglect; not offering the 'fodder' for artisans like you!

The one conundrum I'm ever left with in Bubba conjuring.... How the Picassos' of the world could do to "art" with great acclaim, the same thing I once did with milsurps! He made a fortune. For me, only years in the 'Bubba closet' lest perhaps a lynch mob!

Concluding with...
Envious congrats re your obvious skills &
Life is good!!!
John
 

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Could you please diverge just a moment from the very nice work products show & tell. Such to answer a question occurring whenever I see such quality work.
WHAT THE HECK DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO HAVE TALENT...??? :) :) :)

Handicraft mode... My "success" in life, learning 'NOT TO GO THERE! Blood, sweat & bungled guns later... My own 'learning curve' largely following a grain of 'Hollywood wisdom' spoken in a classic "Dirty Harry" (Clint Eastwood) film line:
"A man has to know his limitations." The sad thing of course the littered trail of Bubbas on life support during 'learning curve'.

Blood, sweat & bungled guns later... At least by now decades well 'learned'. Moreover, long ago 'offing' my own small trail of carnage! 'Bubbas on life support. Yet the positive side. Without such or rampant misuse/neglect; not offering the 'fodder' for artisans like you!

The one conundrum I'm ever left with in Bubba conjuring.... How the Picassos' of the world could do to "art" with great acclaim, the same thing I once did with milsurps! He made a fortune. For me, only years in the 'Bubba closet' lest perhaps a lynch mob!

Concluding with...
Envious congrats re your obvious skills &
Life is good!!!
John

Thanks for the kind words, not sure that what I possess is really a "talent", it is really just patience and a little hard work. I received a certificate in Gunsmithing in 1992, then about 10 years ago got back into gunsmithing and decided to concentrate on refinishing, as there seemed to be an abundance of guns that needed refinishing.
I offered my services for free to anyone who had a rusty gun, as long as there was no expectation of perfection.

Here is the first gun I took on, a Marlin 1894 Cowboy rifle in .357, it was new, unfired, someone put it back in the original styrafoam container when it was wet, the result was some ugly cancer. I took my time and carefully filed and sanded the metal until smooth and shiny, then followed the recipe and instructions for bluing that I had learned from school and what I found online.

Here is what that gun looked like before and after







one of the best lessons I learned was how to take a decent picture.....
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