A father/son project....


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MarshallDodge
April 21, 2008, 12:33 AM
Here are some pics of a 22 Ruger Single Six that I picked up at a pawn shop recently. The wood grips were cracked and the finish was pretty bad like maybe it had been sliding around under the seat of a truck. It came with both magnum and LR cylinders.

I gave it to my 10 year old son for his birthday and I let him do most of the work including stripping, rust removal, and bluing the cylinder and small parts. The grips are an extra set I had from a Ruger Vaquero.

It did not come out 'perfect' but we are both very happy with the results. I did not repaint any of the painted parts and am still debating on what to do there. He is eager to shoot it and doesn't seem to care about the chips and scratches.

Before:

http://home.comcast.net/~fun2shoot/rugersix/ruger1.jpg

http://home.comcast.net/~fun2shoot/rugersix/ruger2.jpg

http://home.comcast.net/~fun2shoot/rugersix/rugerhammer.jpg

After:

http://home.comcast.net/~fun2shoot/rugersix/rugerlhside.jpg

http://home.comcast.net/~fun2shoot/rugersix/rugerrhside.jpg

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gunmn74
April 21, 2008, 12:55 AM
Nice work. That is a gun he will keep forever.

chilie
April 21, 2008, 08:39 AM
niiiiiiiiice

tntwatt
April 21, 2008, 08:41 AM
What type of bluing method? Came out great.

DevilDog0402
April 21, 2008, 09:02 AM
Looks good!!

Dismantler
April 21, 2008, 09:11 AM
I'll bet that he's the happiest young man in Utah!

Neophyte1
April 21, 2008, 10:34 AM
MarshallDodge: good deal:) You now have a HAPPY youngin and you the proud 'pappy:D'
Who did the Bluing?:)

Now to sing; HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. 10yrs old

MarshallDodge
April 21, 2008, 12:07 PM
We used the Birchwood Casey cold blue kit. We started off with fine steel wool, then used the Rust and Blue Remover, then more steel wool. Most of the rust came off with some minor pitting and not all of the original bluing came off.

I blued the receiver and barrel. The receiver was difficult to get to blue evenly. I assume this is because it's investment cast. We applied 5 coats of blue which involved rubbing it out with super fine steel wool, apply blue, wash in water, and repeat. My son did the cylinder, front site, loading gate, etc. When finished we lightly buffed the gun with the steel wool. Of course we wore gloves during the entire process. :)

I used a medium grit sandpaper to clean the rust off the hammer. I lightly sanded it in the direction of the factory sanding marks and it came out better than expected.

This is the fourth gun I have reblued using cold blue. This one came out second best. It seems like the better the steel, the better the results. The bluing is definitely not as deep as the factory but it has a nice shade to it that gives the old guns some character.

mossy141701
April 21, 2008, 04:02 PM
:cool:looks good, That's a gun he will treasure his whole life because you worked on it together and you will have memories to last a lifetime also. Good work, you sound like a great dad!

Floppy_D
April 21, 2008, 04:48 PM
Looks good, and that's a great idea. Can't wait until my young'un is old enough for something like that.

bannockburn
April 21, 2008, 09:46 PM
MarshallDodge

Even better than the gun itself, is the time the two of you spent together working on this project. Treasure the moment because they grow up so fast. Thanks for sharing the pix and the story.

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