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    Question on how to remove barrel scratches, pitting


    I have some scratches on the tip of the 39A barrel, on the magazine tube and small pitted area on the barrel (see pictures below). I'm planning on using kroil oil and 0000 steel wool or 220 wet sand paper followed by 400 to remove the scratches and pitting. Then the last step would be to use Birchwood/casey perma blue as a touch up. Is this the right way to go about it? If there is a better way to do it, please let me know. Thanks.


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    Re: Question on how to remove barrel scratches, pitting

    I'd go with the 0000 steel wool and oil. If the scratches are not deep gouges just degrease and touch up. If your going to remove the bluing from a fair sized area you are going to see a difference between the factory blue and cold blue.
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    Re: Question on how to remove barrel scratches, pitting

    I use Birchwood Casey's all the time with great results. I think you'll be pleased. I would not use sandpaper ....ever

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    Re: Question on how to remove barrel scratches, pitting

    +1 on no sandpaper. You'll find that 220 isn't very fine when you're running it across blued steel.

    I've used the 0000 steel wool & oil for the little stuff. While I've never personally used Flitz on a barrell, I did just see on my Flitz box their claim that it's good for polishing bluing.
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    Re: Question on how to remove barrel scratches, pitting

    Ive heard good things about Oxpho Blue. Brownells and cabellas have it. Never tried it myself though....? +1 on the no emery cloth though. CL
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    Re: Question on how to remove barrel scratches, pitting

    Thanks to all.....unfortunately I used 400 and 1000 before I read your suggestions Its not too bad but I can see that it took some of the blue out......I'll just have to do a better job with Birchwood's cold blue when applying it for it to blend in
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    Re: Question on how to remove barrel scratches, pitting

    I just cut my barrel down to 18.5" and removed some scratches on the barrel and tube with emery paper. I tried to touch them up with different types of cold blue but found that the magazine tube didnt take the blue the same as the barrel. Must be the difference in the steels. I am doing more work on the gun and when I am finished I am going to have a professional blueing done. I woud be interested in knowing if anyone else has run into this and if they found a cold blue that worked well on the mag tube too.
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    Re: Question on how to remove barrel scratches, pitting

    I think the mag tube is aluminum and regular Birchwood's blue won't work on it. Iirc, there is another blue paste/liquid that does work with aluminum and stainless steel.
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    Re: Question on how to remove barrel scratches, pitting

    Marlin mag tubes are steel.

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    Re: Question on how to remove barrel scratches, pitting

    leatherman, nice job on the barrel shorten, came out looking nice.. I have been considering doing a cutdown on on a 39A considering how hard Mounties are to find at reasonable prices. It is hard to consider unless there happens to be some barrel damage as yours had. Mountie ... cut down 39A... Mountie......small Hijack, but could you show a close up photo of the magazine tube attachment point on your shortened 39, thanks.

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