To restore or not

Welcome to the Leverguns.Com Forum. This is a high-class place so act respectable. We discuss most anything here ... politely.

Moderators: Hobie, AmBraCol

Forum rules
Welcome to the Leverguns.Com General Discussions Forum. This is a high-class place so act respectable. We discuss most anything here other than politics... politely.

Please post political post in the new Politics forum.
Post Reply
Message
Author
barbarossa
Levergunner 3.0
Posts: 782
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 1:46 pm

To restore or not

#1 Post by barbarossa » Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:34 pm

I recently purchased a 1937 small bore mauser ES 350 B 22 and while the overall condtion of the rifle is very good the barrel has numerous pits and some bluing loss on it from being stored in the rifle case.Because of the heavy profile of the barrel I could clean up the pits no problem and have it reblued .The bore is perfect and the stock is in great shape even still having the mauser imprint on it.my question is should I restore this piece or just leave it as is warts and all.

Ps I attended a gunsmith course at the Colorado school of trades years ago and hand polished many a barrel so redoing the metal wouldn t be a problem

User avatar
crs
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 2879
Joined: Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:32 am
Location: Republic of Texas
Contact:

Re: To restore or not

#2 Post by crs » Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:57 pm

You might try shooting it before you decide.
CRS, NRA Benefactor Member, TSRA, DRSS, DWWC, Whittington Center
Android Ballistics App at http://www.xplat.net/

Pete44ru
Posting leader...
Posts: 11242
Joined: Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:26 am

Re: To restore or not

#3 Post by Pete44ru » Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:40 pm

.

Do it ! ! . 8)

.

User avatar
Rusty
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 9159
Joined: Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:37 pm
Location: Central Fla

Re: To restore or not

#4 Post by Rusty » Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:48 pm

Unless it won't function I'd leave it as is.
If you're gonna be stupid ya gotta be tough-
Isiah 55:8&9

It's easier to fool people than it is to convince them they have been fooled.

User avatar
Tycer
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 6651
Joined: Sun Sep 02, 2007 10:17 am
Location: Asheville, NC

Re: To restore or not

#5 Post by Tycer » Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:50 pm

Warts are coming back in fashion.
Kind regards,
Tycer
----------------------------------------------------------------
http://www.saf.org - https://schoolsucksproject.com/ - http://www.guntalk.com

claybob86
Senior Levergunner
Posts: 1797
Joined: Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:41 pm

Re: To restore or not

#6 Post by claybob86 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:34 pm

Picture? :?:
Have you hugged your rifle today?

barbarossa
Levergunner 3.0
Posts: 782
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 1:46 pm

Re: To restore or not

#7 Post by barbarossa » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:44 pm

Image

Here s a pic of one of the spots.I m leaning towards refinishing the barrel mainly because I will never sell it .I had one of these mauser 350s before when I was at gunsmithing school that I found at a pawn shop in Lakewood ,Colorado.The gun was missing the rear and front sight and someone removed the mauser logo on the butt stock and cut a diamond shape in it and filled it with plastic wood to make it look like a poor mans insert.One of the instructors at the school had a correct rear sight for it that he sold me and a made a new front sight insert. I re shaped the butt to remove the diamond and refinished the gun.Unfortunately I sold that gun years later and have regretted it ever since.This gun will be its replacement and is in much better shape with a very nice stock with mauser logo and a numbered to the gun rear sight etc
Also I am planning on shooting it for a while so if do refinish it will be sometime around March as a late winter project

claybob86
Senior Levergunner
Posts: 1797
Joined: Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:41 pm

Re: To restore or not

#8 Post by claybob86 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:15 am

Yeah, with the pits gone and a high quality polish and blue, that would be a fine thing! :D
Have you hugged your rifle today?

User avatar
gamekeeper
Spambot Zapper
Posts: 12138
Joined: Thu Sep 06, 2007 3:32 pm
Location: The wrong side of the pond.

Re: To restore or not

#9 Post by gamekeeper » Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:27 am

claybob86 wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:15 am
Yeah, with the pits gone and a high quality polish and blue, that would be a fine thing! :D
As an ex barrel filer in the gun trade I have to agree.. :D
From his weapons on the open road no man should step one pace away, you don't know for certain when you're out on the road when you might have need of your spear.
Havamal ( Viking collection of common sense )

User avatar
marlinman93
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 4162
Joined: Sun Apr 01, 2007 3:40 pm
Location: Oregon

Re: To restore or not

#10 Post by marlinman93 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:13 am

Since you have the knowledge and skills to refinish the barrel, I'd certainly do so. I wouldn't refinish anything else, unless it needs it, but the barrel obviously needs to be brought back to a higher level.
Pre WWI Marlins and Singleshot rifles!
http://members.tripod.com/~OregonArmsCollectors/

barbarossa
Levergunner 3.0
Posts: 782
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 1:46 pm

Re: To restore or not

#11 Post by barbarossa » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:53 am

Yeah I ve decided to rhand polish and reblue it as the stock is in such nice shape it would a shame not to.The trigger guard etc are in great shape as well so it will just be the action and the barrel that gets a nice makeover

claybob86
Senior Levergunner
Posts: 1797
Joined: Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:41 pm

Re: To restore or not

#12 Post by claybob86 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:18 pm

Looking forward to seeing the results! :)
Have you hugged your rifle today?

jd45
Levergunner 3.0
Posts: 935
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:29 pm

Re: To restore or not

#13 Post by jd45 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:32 pm

If it were me & I had the capability, I'd make her sparkle like a diamond! I say go for it!!! jd45

User avatar
30-30
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 3303
Joined: Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:48 pm
Location: possibly earth...

Re: To restore or not

#14 Post by 30-30 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:17 am

RE-DO... re-finish... :)

DocRock
Levergunner
Posts: 31
Joined: Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:06 pm

Re: To restore or not

#15 Post by DocRock » Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:14 pm

In favor of refinish. I'm in the middle of a Savage 99 salvage and the barrel on yours looks a much easier polish and blue. Congrats on a great find and good luck.

JB
Senior Levergunner
Posts: 1364
Joined: Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:35 pm
Location: WV

Re: To restore or not

#16 Post by JB » Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:25 pm

Leave it as is. Future collectors will thank you.

User avatar
marlinman93
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 4162
Joined: Sun Apr 01, 2007 3:40 pm
Location: Oregon

Re: To restore or not

#17 Post by marlinman93 » Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:15 am

JB wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:25 pm
Leave it as is. Future collectors will thank you.
In the future collectors will like rust pits? I'm glad I'm too old and wont live to see that!
Pre WWI Marlins and Singleshot rifles!
http://members.tripod.com/~OregonArmsCollectors/

claybob86
Senior Levergunner
Posts: 1797
Joined: Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:41 pm

Re: To restore or not

#18 Post by claybob86 » Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:59 pm

JB wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:25 pm
Leave it as is. Future collectors will thank you.
Never mind the collectors. It's YOUR gun, not theirs! :)
Have you hugged your rifle today?

DocRock
Levergunner
Posts: 31
Joined: Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:06 pm

Re: To restore or not

#19 Post by DocRock » Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:07 pm

I just finished mine. Not sure it will ever be of interest to a collector, but it's certainly better than it was!

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=75564

stretch
Senior Levergunner
Posts: 1913
Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:15 pm

Re: To restore or not

#20 Post by stretch » Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:11 pm

Based on what you've said, I'd refinish it.

Let's see some pics when it's done! 8)

-Stretch

barbarossa
Levergunner 3.0
Posts: 782
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 1:46 pm

Re: To restore or not

#21 Post by barbarossa » Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:17 pm

It s going to be a winter project for those cold indoor days.I m actually looking forward to doing it, as I stated I'm not going to touch the stock or anything else just the barreled action.It will make areal neat gun to take to the monthly Turkey shoots at the club(If it's too accurate they ll probably ban me from using it😄

JB
Senior Levergunner
Posts: 1364
Joined: Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:35 pm
Location: WV

Re: To restore or not

#22 Post by JB » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:25 am

marlinman93 wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:15 am
JB wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:25 pm
Leave it as is. Future collectors will thank you.
In the future collectors will like rust pits? I'm glad I'm too old and wont live to see that!
They'll like rust pits far more than a refinished guns. At least any military or training rifle collectors I know. He can saw the barrel off and paint it gold if he wants, but he asked for opinions.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests