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First rifle refinishing job T53
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I bought a t53 (Chinese Mosin Carbine) last week and restored it over the past week. I posted these pictures on the other forum and figured they would fit in here also.

It was in horrible shape when I got it. I spent the week working on it until my patience ran out and am pretty much done I started out sanding it down and stained it a Jacobbean color. I hated it so I restripped and stained it ebony which I love. I wound up stripping and buffing the exposed metal parts. It was the first time I did this to a gun and learned a lot during the process. I can't wait to take it out to the range tomorrow.

The first two pictures are what it looked liked when I bought it. It was bad.

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And the after pictures.

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#2
Wow that's sexy! I'm glad you posted it here because I missed it over there.
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#3
Great job love the shiny parts I gotta post pics of mine

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wow! tell me more about stripping the metal? soes taking the blueing (sp?) off put it at risk for rusting? how hard was it? how long did it take and what did you use?
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#5
Did you put anything on the metal to prevent rust?
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panopticonisi;82757 Wrote:wow! tell me more about stripping the metal? soes taking the blueing (sp?) off put it at risk for rusting? how hard was it? how long did it take and what did you use?

I started with 320 grit sandpaper and I then used a buffing wheel with a black emery polish, then with an extra fine green buffing compound. Took a bit of time but I am happy with the results. Someone on PAFOA mentioned that vinegar does a good job removing the bluing.

As far as rust goes, I do not know. I wanted something different and taking off the bluing was an experiment. I will be keeping an eye on it.
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Sharp looking piece you have there.
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Oil will keep it from rusting, just like it does on blued steel.
The bluing only provides minimal protection. If you don't keep blued steel oiled it will rust, most of us have probably seen older guns that sat around for a long time, neglected, that rusted , or guns that weren't properly cleaned and oiled that rusted in a shorter period of time. The bluing offers short term protection in that you shouldn't get flash rust after a day of hunting in the rain but you still need to dry, clean, and oil your gun to keep it from rusting.
My dad and I each have guns with barrels "in the white" that have been rust free for years, just keep a thin coat of any oil on them, gun oil is best by most people's standards but even motor oil, 3-In1, WD-40, automatic Transmission fluid or anything else to coat the surface and displace moisture will do the trick, just don't let the oil dissipate and be replaced by moisture.
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what about teflon based gun oils like rem oil? when they dry, do they leave enough of a film to prevent rust on unblued metal?
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panopticonisi;82911 Wrote:what about teflon based gun oils like rem oil? when they dry, do they leave enough of a film to prevent rust on unblued metal?

I don't use RemOil and I'm not familiar with it but I would think that if it really is oil, (which one would assume by it's name), that it would offer the protective qualities of oil. The Teflon is a waxy plastic substance that has lubricating and protecting qualities, so by it's nature should offer resistance to rust simply by protecting against moisture, the combination seems like it can't miss. You won't do any damage by putting it on the steel parts of your gun. It's been around long enough that if it wasn't up to the task it would have a reputation to reflect that.
If that's what you have, use it. Don't wipe your gun with it once and put it away for years without checking on it periodically though. Don't wipe your gun with any oil and put it away for years without checking on it periodically.
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mauser;82902 Wrote:Sharp looking piece you have there.
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Oil will keep it from rusting, just like it does on blued steel.
The bluing only provides minimal protection. If you don't keep blued steel oiled it will rust, most of us have probably seen older guns that sat around for a long time, neglected, that rusted , or guns that weren't properly cleaned and oiled that rusted in a shorter period of time. The bluing offers short term protection in that you shouldn't get flash rust after a day of hunting in the rain but you still need to dry, clean, and oil your gun to keep it from rusting.
My dad and I each have guns with barrels "in the white" that have been rust free for years, just keep a thin coat of any oil on them, gun oil is best by most people's standards but even motor oil, 3-In1, WD-40, automatic Transmission fluid or anything else to coat the surface and displace moisture will do the trick, just don't let the oil dissipate and be replaced by moisture.

Thanks for the information.
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