approved solution for new vaquero crummy finish


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shu
August 1, 2006, 12:22 AM
had to have one, so i got one - new vaquero in 45 colt, 5 1/2 inch bbl.
got it in spite of having read about the mottled finish on the frame not
being durable; i'm just not particularly fond of glinty (stainless steel) guns.

gun feels nice, points nice, but sure enough after five days there is rust
on the frame. i mostly think of guns as tools, not as show pieces, and
don't get all exercised about normal wear - but i dont like rust.

i suppose i'll get some fine steel wool, buff the frame down, and treat it
with do-it-yrself bluing.

any better ideas?

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Old Fuff
August 1, 2006, 02:26 AM
Frankly, do-it-yourself (cold) bluing usually looks like --- well you know what. You won't get a color match with the rest of the parts, and it will soon wear off. I would go one of two ways:

(1) Return the gun to Ruger with strong-worded letter. This business has been going on for some time and they should have found a solution.

(2) Strip the gun to the barreled frame and then polish the frame as you noted. Then send just the barreled frame out for rebluing. If you are not sending the gun back to Ruger you can remove the "don't shot before you read the book" marking on the barrel at the same time.

Biggfoot44
August 3, 2006, 01:42 PM
Just use it as is. If it wears enough to offend you, it's no more trouble to refinish then.

Brian Williams
August 3, 2006, 02:03 PM
Call Ruger and see about having it redone as a blue??? They have a decent return service.

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