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    bluing 90% gone??

    my older 2003 model 60 marlin has bluing thats almost gone from the barrel. i am worried about rust issues as i hunt in the rain. i have tried cold blue and it just won't stay. my idea is to use paint, what type paint would work thats also resistant to oils, or some other methods. the mag tube is still nice and blue so i will be wiping it down with oil and oil will be getting on the barrel. i can't afford to have it redone by a gunsmith, thanks for any help and idea's ya'll can give me.

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    there should be something here that will work...

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    Wax it...just plain ol' Johnson's paste wax. I've done that with my duck hunting shotguns for years since I first heard about it and it works. Clean and degrease it good before applying and buffing the wax.

    With .22s, I went stainless. My old Mossy 500 duck gun is camo dipped. It's rust free, too, and I hunted the bays and salt marshes for years. Bought it in the very early 90s. My poor old Sarasqueta SxS started life with me in the marshes and riding in the bottom of boats. It still shoots, but ain't much to look at anymore. It was a real pretty gun when I first bought it.


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    Ol' reliable..my old M500 duck gun with camo dip.

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    BTW, for years I wanted a stainless Ruger Red Label, but I think they quit making it and I can't duck hunt anymore, anyway. Had to give it up. I'd had to have wrapped the thing with camo, though. A glint of sun off a shiny surface ain't good when hunting ducks.

    Marlin does make stainless M60s and they're nice looking guns. Hey, it's an excuse for a new gun, right?
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    I've seen this used vey successfully.
    https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-t...-prod1117.aspx

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    I was on a Texas duck hunting board for a while. The guys on that board that used Remington 870 expresses used to sand and paint 'em flat black as needed. I never cared for the Remington anyway, but they seemed to be rust magnets.
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    When cold bluing I assume that you degreased well and heated up the steel?
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    Here's another idea, this one was found in the woods in an old blind. It had been sitting there for years and was extremely rusted. A friend with a machine shop cut 3 inches off the end of the barrel, cleaned up the real bad pitting and I paid a local shop to have it chromed.
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    Cheapest method is to clean it up, prep metal, degrease, spray with hi-temp exhaust paint (available in several colors). Give it a couple of days to cure before using it. I use it over my stainless AR barrels because I do not like the silver peeking out.

    If you want to keep it looking like it is, but protect against corrosion, you can either wax it, which will require reapplication after you get it wet, or clean it up, prep metal and spray with a satin finish acrylic clear coat. I think the best is Krylon Maxx. I use it over my camo jobs on my ARs and it has proven plenty tuff.
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    The M14's and the M16 I was issued in the Army had the Parkerizing worn off in a lot of spots.
    Just keep 'em oiled.
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