GUN Pics of my first refinish/reblue project: Westernfield 47

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  1. Buzz Killington

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    This started out with a good but in-need-of-finish walnut stock and a good deal of browning on the barrel. The feed tube was very brown (below is a pic from the guy I bought it from last year).

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    I refinished it with BLO and tung oil. I didn't want a "mirror" finish because, after all, this is a Westernfield (Montomgery Wards store brand built by Mossberg) and was probably $3.50 when it was new a Long Time Ago. Tung oil was rubbed in by hand over a week and a half, morning and evening. The stock needed very little work.

    I did not intend to redo the barrel, but after rebluing the feed tube, the peep site (shown in original pic...can you believe it has 14 parts!) and some other things I figured I might as well try it. I used Birchwood-Casey Blue and Rust Remover and cold Bluing liquid.

    The bolt I originally intend to remain unblued with the exception of the bolt handle, but I could not properly mask it off and ended up deciding to do the entire thing. I don't have any idea what it was originally.

    This is factory drilled for a scope. I sourced a very interesting case-hardened Mossberg No. 8 mount and a fixed Mossberg 4x scope. Along the way I also bought a nice Mossberg No. 6 quick-release target mount and a fixed 4x scope but I could never find a base for the mount. I have new screws for the base and will put them soon. Along the way I sourced original screws from http://www.havlinsales.com/ for the butt and the trigger guard (as well as a trigger spring that I lost while polishing the trigger with a dremel :o ).

    Anyway, this is my third refinish (Mosin, SKS, and this) but my first attempt at rebluing.

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    I've got an orginal Mossberg .22lr that looks exactly like that at home that's fed through the stock. I'll snap some pics when I get home. I got it from an old timer I helped. Said it was used as a training rifle for snipers overseas.

    But that's an awesome job you did on that. Looks really good!
     
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    Thanks, it was fun to fiddle with it.

    You have an M44US. That is the first rifle I ever shot in my life at Boy Scout camp using surplused rifles.

    Wanna sell it?
     
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    Home cold rebluing of something as big as a barrel is a fucking pain. The blue/rust remover is acid and burned the fuck out of my hands and fingers (I ran out of rubber gloves :o ).

    It is also not as even on the barrel as on other pieces - I think this is more a function of how the steel was originally finished and how good it is. Some of the steel parts I reblued that do not have a "milled" finish like a barrel and which were probably cheaper metal really took an easy finish, almost black.
     
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    I may entertain an offer. It's just been sitting in the back of the safe for a long time. But yeah, now that I think about it, I think you're correct. It's a very accurate little shooter.

    Let me take some pics and let you know.
     
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    :cool:

    They are heavy fuckers.

    At least they were heavy for a scrawny 13 year old kid :rofl:

    PM me whenever you get some pics :cool:
     

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