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PostSubject: Refinishing a GPR   June 25th 2017, 1:19 pm

Got my friends 54cal lyman great plains rifle in the shop today. Someone REALLY rust browned the barrel, that the pitting is deep and horrible. I HATE draw filing, its killing my nerves Laughing Its bad enough I get weak from my stomach issues, this is really taking its toll on me today.

I've only ONE barrel flat finished so far. Any other flat covered by the stock, will stay as it is. Can't see it, no harm done for either the shooter or rifle. Just like it was done in the old'n days. Leave the hidden barrel flats a little uglier than the ones that show.

The under rib will be fun.... NOT. No
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PostSubject: Re: Refinishing a GPR   June 25th 2017, 1:23 pm

Actually, on most of the Hawkens the covered flats showed them to be blued.

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PostSubject: Re: Refinishing a GPR   June 25th 2017, 3:00 pm

yeah on one rifle they found lol.

Hawken shop said brown is correct, due to rusting in the field.

Im actually going to talk to my friend about doing an antique bare steel look that I will age.
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PostSubject: Re: Refinishing a GPR   June 25th 2017, 3:11 pm

You need to read Doc Whites article. He said most were blued and he's handled lots of the real Hawkens. As has old Herb too. Browned is fine, but so is blued if the owner likes it.

Personally, I like browned too and wouldn't have a Hawken built that wasn't browned. I just think a lot of guys strip off bluing and change to browned thinking that's the way to be correct.

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PostSubject: Re: Refinishing a GPR   June 26th 2017, 8:00 am

You could purchase another barrel and start over on the finish! Brown or blue.  Then your friend would have a dependable and nice looking GPR.  Just a thought.

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PostSubject: Re: Refinishing a GPR   June 26th 2017, 9:50 am



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PostSubject: Re: Refinishing a GPR   June 26th 2017, 9:52 am

That's funny. It looks like it was made that way. Every flat looked like that? What does the bore look like?

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PostSubject: Re: Refinishing a GPR   June 26th 2017, 9:55 am

bore is perfect. I think who ever browned it, didnt stop the rusting. It still has yellowish orange salt crystals in places. Took me over 3 hours to do. Still have to clean up the snail a bit before figuring out what to do to the brown, color wise.
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PostSubject: Re: Refinishing a GPR   June 26th 2017, 5:35 pm

I was just watching a few videos on DuraCoat (DuraBlue and DuraBrown).  Ever use any of that stuff?
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PostSubject: Re: Refinishing a GPR   June 27th 2017, 3:58 pm

@Bear Claw wrote:
That's funny. It looks like it was made that way. Every flat looked like that? What does the bore look like?

I've seen similar finishes purposely applied on modern firearms to cut down on glare in the sight plane.  Wonder if it was done for that reason?
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