.25-06 for $25 What should I do?


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Scratchy
September 6, 2008, 09:32 PM
Well about a month ago my dad found this Remington model 700 in pieces at a yard sale for $25. He called me and asked if I wanted it. I answered "Hell Yeah" and left my jobsite to go buy it. I guess the previous owner had spilled bathroom cleaner that contained acid on the rifle. The finish is toast and has pitting on it. But the insides look great. I put the rifle together that night and was amazed all the pieces were there. The finish sucks but I don't mind.

I guess what I want to know is what is the .25-06 cartridge best for?
What kind of finish would be cheap and easy to apply?
And if you bought this for $25 what would you do to it/with it?

Oh yeah the bore is bright and looks good and I fired 4 rounds with no problems.http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp91/Scratchy200/DSCN1388.jpg

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scrat
September 6, 2008, 09:37 PM
Looks more like a bluing problem. ok if the wood is messed up. id say light sand it with maybe 600 grit. then wipe it down good. Then give it a clear coat spray. as for the bluing on the gun. remove the rest of the bluing with either vinegar or something. Vinegar works but takes a while. Then wash it clean. You can take a look on cabelas or midwayusa they have a cold bluing kit that i believe sells for around 25.00 the amount you paid for the gun. hahaah. Any how Thats a cheap method. Heck you might just want to remove all the bluing whats left of it and take some metal polish like mothers and polish it out. may look pretty good

CSA 357
September 6, 2008, 09:38 PM
I Would Spray Paint It And Use It, 2506 Is A Good Deer Or Varmit Round, Thats A Good A Deal On A 700! Even If It Is In Bad Shape

PotatoJudge
September 6, 2008, 09:39 PM
The 25-06 is good for up to elk and black bear with the right bullets. It can be loaded with 85-100 grain bullets for deer and varmints, again depending on the bullet design.

For that price I might spring to have it reblued. Otherwise you could have it duracoated. Cheapest option is to duracoat it yourself and get a new synthetic stock, maybe in camo, but that's not exactly considered "nice."

How is the wood?

Scratchy
September 6, 2008, 09:46 PM
The wood isn't to bad but there is a lot of pitting on the barrel near the muzzle. I had thought about cutting about 1 1/2" off but had heard the .25-06 likes a long barrel.http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp91/Scratchy200/DSCN1389.jpg

PotatoJudge
September 6, 2008, 09:49 PM
With that pitting I'd try sanding it out then painting over it. Maybe call around and see if anybody local does bead blasting.

rodregier
September 6, 2008, 09:51 PM
The pitting near the muzzle is unattractive but as long as the crown and bore interior are untouched it should shoot just fine. $25 is a steal!

Scratchy
September 6, 2008, 09:54 PM
Would it be a lot of money to put a new barrel on it?http://http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp91/Scratchy200/DSCN1393.jpg

Scratchy
September 6, 2008, 09:56 PM
Would it be a lot of money to put a new barrel on it?http://http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp91/Scratchy200/DSCN1393.jpg

TallPine
September 6, 2008, 10:42 PM
Looks about like the rifles you see bouncing around the cabs of ranchers' pickups, only they are usually .22-250 around here.

The deer will never notice the pitting on the barrel ;)

JohnKSa
September 6, 2008, 10:47 PM
First of all, before you do ANYTHING take it to the range and try it out.

The last thing you want to do is mess with a gun before you know how it shoots.

If it doesn't shoot well after you try a few loads then you might consider rebarreling it. Otherwise I'd be tempted to sandblast the metal to remove all the remaining rust and then paint it with grill paint to prevent further rust. It may not be the prettiest gun you ever own, but there are advantages to having a gun that you don't have to baby.

pharmer
September 6, 2008, 10:49 PM
$25 bucks. I thought you were talking about a box of ammo. Go buy a lotto ticket. Joe

Jeff F
September 6, 2008, 10:49 PM
It's going to cost a bunch to get it looking like new. I would shoot it and see how it shoots before I did anything else. If it is a shooter then I would find someone who does the duracoat or other finishes and have them bead blast and do it up.

scrat
September 6, 2008, 10:49 PM
its a cosmetic thing. I even had an old .22 rifle an ithaca. the bluing was gone. pretty much looked toast. well i was really young. So i took the gun apart completely. Then i spray painted in Rustoleum black. then i put a spanish walnut stain on the stock. wow i cant believe i still remember that. Any how i still have the rifle today shoots good. a little scratched on the paint but it worked for what i wanted. Heck a 25.00 rifle the quick and easy way would be to do the same thing as i did. may only cost you about 10.00 and it will look really good. of course the other would be to machine it and have it beed blasted then reblued. Id stay away from getting another barrel. it will cost way too much. most smiths will tell you not to bother to just blue it or use it the way it is

Oneofsix
September 6, 2008, 10:50 PM
Old feller I used to hunt with in PA never used anything but a 25-06, brought home deer quite a bit. Duracoat it!

scrat
September 6, 2008, 10:50 PM
Whatever you do try not to spend that much on finishing it. that would be like putting a $5000 paint job on a ford pinto

rantingredneck
September 6, 2008, 11:14 PM
What JohnKSA said.

RoadkingLarry
September 6, 2008, 11:22 PM
Dura coat. Or for the heck of it and to keep with the ultra-cheapo theme get some of the camo Krylon and go to town.

silverlance
September 6, 2008, 11:23 PM
if you think that pitting is bad you aint seen nothing. if you must send it to get bead blasted and parked. me? i like wear. i would just clean it up real good and then oil it up and let it run as is.

redneck2
September 6, 2008, 11:23 PM
To answer your original question "What is a .25-06 good for?"

Varmints up to large deer and maybe elk in a pinch. It's maybe the perfect antelope round. Lazer flat shooting with about zero recoil.

You're in the perfect situation where you've probably got a really good shooting rifle with a scope and sling and about zero investment. And, you don't have to worry about scratching it or messing up the finish.

I'd forget trying to make it pretty. Cover it with something to kinda protect the metal and go hunting.

bogie
September 6, 2008, 11:24 PM
Barrel exterior looks like you want to use a -rough- finish spray/coating...

How's the other end where the action is?

Personally, I'd say stick some corks in it, sand blast, and duracoat... And put a $300 scope on it...

jimmyraythomason
September 6, 2008, 11:34 PM
A Remmy 700 is definitely NOT a Ford Pinto regardless of condition. If this rifle is a shooter (and there is nothing to indicate that it's not) then matte blue it or Dura-Cote it and put it to work in the deer woods. Or sell it to me,I'd GLADLY quadruple your purchase price.

jnyork
September 6, 2008, 11:36 PM
If you absolutely MUST do something, get a can of flat black high temp paint for the metal like used for exhaust manifolds, etc. Works great. Dont worry too much about the stock unless you want to paint it too. If the rifle shoots, you have a great antelope and deer rifle, elk with well placed shot. Lucky you!;)

myrockfight
September 7, 2008, 12:14 AM
Good on ya! I wonder if you can fill in the pitting a bit, if it won't be completely filled in by the duracoat (or whatever you decide to use).

I was just thinking the pitting might be a bit deep and it would be nice to make it smooth for the coating.

If you do duracoat it yourself, make sure you prep the metal properly. Bead blasting or sand blasting would be ideal. Even if you get that done, you should treat the steel with Phospho. It will convert any of the rust chemically to make it inert.

We used to use the process to prep the steel on the boat I was on before we painted anything. It makes a big difference with how well the paint or primer will adhere to the steel.

Good luck! Not that you need it. Seems like you got plenty.

Blackbeard
September 7, 2008, 12:16 AM
Worst case you trade it in at a "buy-back" for $100.

Stevie-Ray
September 7, 2008, 12:40 AM
if you think that pitting is bad you aint seen nothing. if you must send it to get bead blasted and parked. me? i like wear. i would just clean it up real good and then oil it up and let it run as is.+1. I've got a Marlin Glenfield 60 that looks way worse than that. But I got it for free. Just use some elbow grease on that thing; don't spend a bunch of money on it. Shoot it and enjoy it!

CU74
September 7, 2008, 01:01 AM
$25 bucks. I thought you were talking about a box of ammo. Go buy a lotto ticket. Joe

That's what I though when I saw the post. Big surprise to see it's a rifle.

Bubbles
September 7, 2008, 01:01 AM
Is the action also rusted/pitted, or just the barrel? If the action is ok, I'd rebarrel it as a 30-06 or .300 WinMag. New Remington aftermarket barrels run $100-125, unless you go high-end from Rock Creek Barrels, Obermeier, Shillen, etc.

Also, if it's a "C" serial number or earlier, the action is trued. Turn it into an M24.

The action alone, if not rusted/pitted, makes the basis for a very nice rifle. Remington doesn't sell stripped actions any more so someone looking to build his own custom rifle on a Remington action may also want it, and would pay more than $25.

goon
September 7, 2008, 01:09 AM
I'd also go with a cheap refinishing job of duracoat or matte black spray paint and then just use the hell out of it.

Navy joe
September 7, 2008, 01:16 AM
Do nothing to the finish, keep that scope on it. Get a load absolutely dialed in. Go to range that is crowded, shoot poorly, wait to get laughed at, be indignant and manage to act hurt, get goaded into impromptu bullseye match. Collect cash, buy new gun.

MachIVshooter
September 7, 2008, 01:53 AM
What I would do first is get rid of the front sight and thouroughly clean the barrel with a rust removing chemical. Then grab a mapp gas torch and some good silver solder and fill those pits. Carefully sand it back down and duracoat it.

rodregier
September 7, 2008, 01:57 AM
If it was my acquisition, I would have it glass beaded and get one of the
"baked paint" type finishes applied. That would hide the scars, create a good finish and be fairly low-cost.

Assuming you can purchase or reload .25-06 from local sources, no compelling need to rebarrel.

skinewmexico
September 7, 2008, 02:15 AM
Whatever you do, get all the rust off first. You could send it to Birsong for Black T.

Zedo
September 7, 2008, 02:38 AM
$25 for a Rem. 700.

Hang the finish! It's merely cosmetic. The wood is nice, and the steel is solid. I have lots of old guns with no blue at all on them -- worth more "in the white" and patina than any half-assed paint or cold blue job.

"Left is best" -- old adage for antiques. Works for guns too.

mnrivrat
September 7, 2008, 03:48 AM
It's a perfect set-up for a sand blast and duracoat type finish. Great all around caliber, and great gun. No need to take a super bargin and turn it into a money pit .

Nate C.
September 7, 2008, 05:18 AM
Spray paint? Refinishing? Bead blasting? As long ast it shoots accurately, who cares about the appearance? Just keep it oiled to prevent rusting and enjoy.

By the way, .25-'06 is an excellent round for most everything deer-size and smaller.


...Why don't I ever stumble across $25 bargains like that?

Golden Hound
September 7, 2008, 09:54 AM
That image doesn't look anywhere near as bad as what I had in mind when I pictured "had acid poured all over it." I'd advise not turning it into a money pit, doing a thorough cleaning of it, and just leaving it how it is. It has more character that way. Just my opinion though.

Ala Dan
September 7, 2008, 10:47 AM
.25-06 Remington is my favorite caliber; if I were going to hunt any North
American game, except the big bears~! :scrutiny: ;)

Schutzen
September 7, 2008, 10:58 AM
I've been a .25-06 shooter since 1974. It is a great cartridge. It's wonderful for deer, antelope, black bear, and varmints. Don't re-barrel it.

First thing, take it to the range and check that accuracy. If it shoots well, refinish the entire gun. Take it apart, have it bead blasted, and refinish it yourself with Wheeler Engineering Cerama-Coat. It is a do-it yourself spray on finish that is similar to the finish on an M-16 or a Remington Express model. With a little TLC you should wind up with a fine shooter for under $100.

230RN
September 7, 2008, 11:47 AM
Do nothing to the finish, keep that scope on it. Get a load absolutely dialed in. Go to range that is crowded, shoot poorly, wait to get laughed at, be indignant and manage to act hurt, get goaded into impromptu bullseye match. Collect cash, buy new gun.

Holy cats! A gun shark! :) (Very cute concept, NavyJoe!)

Very good advice in most of the above... take your pick. I mostly agree with mnrivrat et alia about masking, corking, bead blasting, and Dura-coating.

For myself, and maybe it's just me, but I would think twice, and maybe three or four times, about taking a Mapp torch and filling the pits with silver solder --even the low-melting point 2% silver, 98% tin type.

And I echo the point made above: "Go buy a lotto ticket.. ticket... ticket..."

Stock doesn't look all that bad for an "experienced" hunting rifle. The old water and hot clothing iron treatment may bring up some of the dings. After that, I'd probably just buff it down good. It's surprising how a good rubbing with a cloth will bring up wood. I've got a couple of old mil-surps, where every time I take them out of their cases, I give them a good rubdown, and every time I do it they look better and better. Not "new," mind you, but less and less "used."

And thank your Dad profusely.

TallPine
September 7, 2008, 11:59 AM
Do nothing to the finish, keep that scope on it. Get a load absolutely dialed in. Go to range that is crowded, shoot poorly, wait to get laughed at, be indignant and manage to act hurt, get goaded into impromptu bullseye match. Collect cash, buy new gun.


Add some duct tape to the stock for more effect :D

jaholder1971
September 7, 2008, 12:51 PM
I'd shoot it first, then figure out what to do. If it shoots well then bead blast the living feces out of it, recrown the muzzle, put a new front sight on and cold blue.

If it don't shoot, have a 'smith rebarrel in a long action cartridge, like another .25/06, .270, .30/06, etc. and refinish. It'll cost you about $300 but far less than a new or used 700.

onebigelf
September 7, 2008, 01:00 PM
Duracoat it yourself. Do a couple of coats. Bet you'll hardly notice the pitting.

John

Horsemany
September 7, 2008, 01:06 PM
Bead blast it then teflon coat or duracoat it. With beadblasting I think you'll cover the pits and the gun has potential to look really nice. And don't think of it as a Pinto either. The older 700's are great guns and that one deserves some TLC.

Shawnee
September 7, 2008, 01:18 PM
The .25/06 comes as close as it gets to a caliber that is capable of being appropriate for everythiing from varmints to Elk.

The 87gr. bullets, though on the heavy side for varmints - is not outlandish like the the bullets of larger calibers that some pretend make them less-than ridiculous for use on varmints.

The 117gr. and 120gr. bullets are used successfully every year to take Elk all over the West.

As A La Dan said: "...everything except the big bears." And it might well do a good job on the bears (excepting the Browns) with premium bullets, but that means you'll have to reload your own ammo.


Good luck !

:cool:

ocharry
September 7, 2008, 01:33 PM
keep the 25-06,,,have it bead blasted and parkerized and then paint it with dura coat

it will look as good as any new rifle that has the flat finish on it and you will be under $100

man i never get lucky like that

if you work up the load i know it will shoot

have fun with the resurrection

ocharry

twofourthree73
September 7, 2008, 06:15 PM
Great gun. Who cares what it looks like as long as it shoots well. Keep it from rusting any more and enjoy it.

Navy joe
September 7, 2008, 10:31 PM
Quote:
Do nothing to the finish, keep that scope on it. Get a load absolutely dialed in. Go to range that is crowded, shoot poorly, wait to get laughed at, be indignant and manage to act hurt, get goaded into impromptu bullseye match. Collect cash, buy new gun.
Add some duct tape to the stock for more effect

Duct tape goes around the stock and front scope ring because it's loose ya know!

One of my buddies wanted to sell me a Jennings .25 for nothing that I should have bought just to hustle someone with. I figured out how to bend the feed lips so it wouldn't choke every round and I could put the shots on a quarter at 10 yards.

mgregg85
September 7, 2008, 10:33 PM
It was cheap and its got lots of character. Sand it down a bit and duracoat or alumahyde it, then get out and use it.

Olympus
September 7, 2008, 10:39 PM
Forget what everyone else is saying...I'll give you double what you spent on it!

19-3Ben
September 7, 2008, 11:07 PM
Triple over here.

Shawnee
September 7, 2008, 11:12 PM
I'll go $100 - but only if the duct tape comes with it.

:D

ColeK
September 7, 2008, 11:51 PM
Scratchy, you ought to be a shame of yourself. I know places where you could get arrested for stealing for buying a rifle that cheap. :uhoh:
So as to end your shame and imbursement, Iíll give you $125 rifle no questions asked. :)
I think I can do something with it. :D

eng23ine
September 8, 2008, 01:03 AM
I've always wondered about using bedliner coating on a beater rifle.

Kinda puts a new spin on "truck gun" don't it? ;)

Wildfire
September 8, 2008, 01:12 AM
Hey :
I'll go $140.00 and promise to show ya pics of it when I'm done with her.
She'll be pretty as a brand new shinny penny.

Scratchy
September 8, 2008, 01:51 AM
I laser bore sighted the gem last night and will take it to the range this Friday. Still don't know what to do but will see how she shoots and if the Redfield 3x9 holds zero. Yeah I know and I did buy a lottery ticket. Thanks for the advice.

achildofthesky
September 8, 2008, 12:34 PM
If it shoots and you want to keep it cheap, paint it and hunt it as is.

Be safe and shoot the HE!! out of the rifle

Patty

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