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Restoring a Rusty Remington

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Old 10-01-2015, 09:57 AM
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Default Restoring a Rusty Remington

How is that for alliteration?

I have way too many shotguns and definitely wasn't looking for another one, but what can I say?

My Father in law picked this project up for me at a yard sale for $40.

It is a Remington model 58 12 gauge semi-auto, made in 1956, the walnut looks pretty good but the metal has pink rust spots.

anyway, here is what it looked like when he brought it to me:






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Old 10-01-2015, 09:58 AM
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Dis-assembly, the trigger group is removed just like any other Remington 870/1100, just push out the two pins.

The stock had two holes, one for the bolt and the other for???




In this picture you can see the action bar where it attaches to the piston (which is mounted in the front portion of the magazine, which is why the magazine only holds two rounds.





The trigger housing is aluminum and the finish looks horrible, since I have not tried anodizing yet and a polished housing would look good on this gun, I decided to strip and polish it



OK now what? I guess I need to take this mess of parts and make a working trigger mechanism out of them

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Old 10-01-2015, 09:59 AM
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While I was at it I polished some of the other parts



I also polished the bearing surfaces of the hammer




After much cursing, dis-assembly and reassembly I finally have a working trigger mechanism




now on to the steel
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The next step was to remove the rust and old bluing using naval jelly



I then remove the remaining bluing along with the acid "etching" with the wire wheel on my grinder



Then we start removing the pits, starting with 120 grit emory cloth, then moving to 220 grit sand paper



I kept moving up on the grit until I got to 2000 grit (wet/dry) sand paper, the metal is almost ready for bluing




I then went to work on the barrel, there was a large rust pit on the magazine ring, I used a file to get it smooth again



then I sanded the barrel to 600 grit and used the buffer to make it shine, the black stuff on the metal is buffing compound


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Old 10-01-2015, 10:00 AM
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When I blue a gun, I do more than one, more economical that way





Done! I also jeweled the bolt and nitre blued the pins and charging handle









Before & After







you can see the whole story here: http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/201...-model_10.html
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Excellent work !!!

Thanks for posting !
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:31 AM
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Nice job of restoration.
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Old 10-01-2015, 01:32 PM
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Very nice job. Did you blue it yourself or have it done?
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Old 10-01-2015, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by RPD63 View Post
Very nice job. Did you blue it yourself or have it done?
I blued it myself
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Old 10-04-2015, 10:03 PM
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I liked the idea of polishing the crud off they used to "blue" that trigger guard and leaving it bare polished. Very nice detail.
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