How to subdue stainless shine on rifle ?


October 14, 2004, 10:40 AM
I am interested in buying an all weather stainless barrel and action rifle for predator hunting. What are some low cost alternatives to subduing the stainless shine?

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October 14, 2004, 11:18 AM

Have a looky there & see if it might be what you're after.

Another option is a sleeve of camo material that would cover the whole gun.Haven't found a link yet though.I've seen them,just can't remember where.

Joe Demko
October 14, 2004, 11:35 AM
I've had good luck using the removable spray paint on guns that archery hunters use to cammo their bows. You could also use something more permanent, like krylon and a polyurethane clear coat, if you didn't plan on ever changing colors.

October 14, 2004, 11:50 AM
Most stainless barrels I've seen have been bead-blasted, and are already pretty subdued. But if you want, you can always get something like the Gun Ghillie ( .

Bwana John
October 14, 2004, 11:53 AM
Sand-blasting will give a very subdued finish. Bead-blasting is much more reflective.

October 14, 2004, 12:32 PM
Take the barrelled action out of the stock, wipe it down with alcohol to remove any oil on the bbl and action. Use masking tape to close off any area you don't want to paint (like the trigger opening, the bolt raceway etc.) and spray paint it with a primer layer. Then you can use camo paint found at Wally World in the paint section to camo it as you want.

Should you ever want to remove the paint, just use any normal paint remover, wipe the metal down with an oily cloth and you are back to square one.

I have done this many times and never had any problems with accuracy or removal.

deputy tom
October 15, 2004, 01:02 AM
Plain old flat black spray paint works quite well I've found.tom.;)

October 15, 2004, 05:57 AM
Well I'm suprised no one's mentioned the traditional treatment for the stainless mini 14.

Toss it behind the seat of your pickup with the jack, jumper cables and miscellaneous tools. Drive 20000 miles on dirt roads.

Shine will be gone just like magic.

October 15, 2004, 08:05 AM
I would just go to the local sporting goods store and get some Bowflage. It wears off with time but it is effective and cheap.

October 15, 2004, 08:33 AM
Zippo lighter.. it'll blacken that right up for ya.. And when you are sick of the charcoal black, go ahead and use some silver polish, and you'll get the shine back...

October 15, 2004, 08:43 AM
I was gonna suggest just letting it get dirty, but that seemed too, well, simple.

October 15, 2004, 11:54 AM
Blue: are you looking for a temporary fix that doesn't permanently alter the gun or are you looking for something like automobile polishing compound (or something similar) that would permanently knock down some of the shine?

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