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    Doesn't look it hit the buffing wheel too hard on the last reblue, which is a good thing. Some careful work with emery boards could restore the sharp edges somewhat. Cleaning rod damage on the bolt face(?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surpmil View Post
    Cleaning rod damage on the bolt face(?)
    yes. a bit worse I thought - someone put a rod in the muzzle and beat on it trying to get a stuck action open.
    Here is a quick summary what the damage was when I found it to save some reading.
    1. extension (original serialized one) was broke in the usual place by slot for the slide arm, what looked like a hammer mark on the outside. maybe bubba had a hard time taking the forend off,
    2. barrel was dented on 2 sides, maybe 6 inches from the breach. Over tightening of a barrel vise perhaps?
    3. barrel had a bow in it midway.
    4. mag tube was oval shaped at the rear, and had a few dents in it
    I think maybe it suffered a fall before bubba gave up?

    Quote Originally Posted by Surpmil View Post
    Doesn't look it hit the buffing wheel too hard on the last reblue
    Thanks. Last reblue was me, unless you mean what it was when I got it. I don't use a buffing wheel...lots of time with paper backed by file or wood block, and slow rust blueing. It's not perfect, and on a project like this I rarely remove all the age. A few dots of where the worst exterior pitting was on the receiver can be seen if you look really close in good light. I like my projects to look their age, but also look well cared for. I wanted to be careful to keep the edges as they were when I got it, so I was particularly careful to "do no harm".

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