I have been looking into re-bluing my 24. How difficult is it to hot blue a barrel and reciever for te DIY. I currently have my gun broken down to replace the hammer. And was looking to refinish the gun while it's apart because there are some scratches and rust. I have read about the coal method and it sounds pretty simple. Does anyone have any experience with this? Will it give me a desirable finish? I have already sanded down the stock and forearm and plan on Staining them this week. It would be awesome to get this back together looking pretty new.
You could have the barrels professionally hot-blued (arsenic and rust are two old-time methods but not for the DIYer), but the cost of doing so may exceed the value of an average Model 24. If you... more
I just completed restoring my 24. 1963 Series P. After taking the barrels down to bright metal I used Brownells Oxpho-Blue to bring them back to like new. The stocks finished up well also. My thanks... more