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Bob's Rifles, or Sporterizing some Turks - 8
The finish on Bob's rifles, as mentioned earlier, was destined to be Brownells Aerosol Baking Lacquer. At $8 a can, with a can easily doing 2 rifles and maybe a third, this represents a high quality and inexpensive alternative to hot bluing. Bob's rifles had some pitting on the barrels, some quite deep, and each barrel had a rear sight-indexing hole. These pits and holes and stray numbers were filled with epoxy and sanded smooth. Then the barreled action and the other parts to be coated were lightly sand blasted and preheated in a baking oven to 125 degrees. But first, places NOT to be coated were taped or filled.
Wadded paper and black electrical tape works well.
Then blasted and into the oven for preheating at 125 degrees F.
These parts were sprayed and returned to the oven three times, with the last session in the oven being 30 min. at 325 degrees.
The barreled action was treated the same way AFTER STAMPING THE CALIBER ON THE BARREL SHANK!!!!!!!
Above is the barrel after the first coat of lacquer. I have to say again that this lacquer is the best thing going for an easy and inexpensive way of finishing a firearm. The oven shown above should cost maybe $15-20, and that certainly beats a bluing setup. Again, follow this link to see how to construct this baking oven.