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    I've got you tell you that of all the forums the people on MILSURP seem to either be the most informed or the most willing to share information . I have been trying to find out for a while what type(s) of finish Remington used on there Remington 510, 511, 512, and 514 rifles. And it has either been crickets of just people not wanting to share what they know. So before I run off on my happy way, I thought I would post what I have come up with by digging though old gunsmith documents and articles; I'd really like the group's thoughts even though I know it's not about MILSURP.

    From my investigation, it looks as though Remington started using Nitrocellulose Lacquer with a toner dye mixed in (Toner Lacquer) sometime late in the 20's or early 30's until it was displaced some time in the lates 50's by polyurethane. I tested the (inconspicuous area) finish on my 1947 Remington 510 and my 1950 514 and the finish melted off with plain Lacquer thinner and the wood was a lighter color indicating it was indeed Toner Lacquer.

    However, I think toner lacquer was only used on the 'lower' end consumer firearms as the finish on my Remington Model 12's is not lacquer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by usabaker View Post
    started using Nitrocellulose Lacquer with a toner dye mixed in (Toner Lacquer)
    Could have been a Amber toned Shellac, but I'm not sure.
    Shellac goes back to the early Egyptians and then some.

    Can't follow up beyond this, as I'm off to Wash DC for my Daughters graduation from George Washington U. in 1 hr.
    Be about a week.

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    I can tell you my 510 is tinted Lacquer. As a matter of fact most commercial stuff new and old is/was finished with tinted lacquer or Poly. An oil finish is time consuming and expensive. Tru-oil isn't an oil finish BTW, it's Bubba goo, just thought I throw that out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarPig1976 View Post
    Bubba goo
    LOL, I like that I was pretty sure the 500 series rifles were toner lacquer (Tinted Lacquer) from what I found and from testing the stuff on my stocks.
    Thanks!

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