My Revolver Addiction


August 23, 2011, 04:03 PM
Picked up my 625-8 today. there are many small light scratches in it and was wondering if anyone had some good tips in getting them cleared up. Here is a pick of my small revolver collection. New one is the center one.

Now I want a 610. Then a SRH Alaskan .454. Then a S&W 500. Then a...

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August 23, 2011, 05:59 PM
Mother Mag polish? I've heard that works well on stainless, BUT I have no direct experience with it.
Nice stuff, sir, very nice.

August 23, 2011, 06:45 PM
Don't neglect the single actions.

August 23, 2011, 07:00 PM
Mick, I feel your pain.

Even though I really have all the revolvers I should ever need, .357 6" and 2.5", I find myself justifying my desire for .44, .460, .500, .45 Lc. :(

August 23, 2011, 07:22 PM
+1 on armoredman's call. Mother's mag polish works wonders. Use just enough elbow grease to get the scratches out or go bananas and make it look like a mirror. Personally, I just enough if the damage is minimal.

August 23, 2011, 08:23 PM
x3 on Mother's...I just bought another can at Walmart the other day. It was priced at a shade over 7 bucks compared to the 4 something I had been paying. I thought the can was little bigger. When I got home, I discovered the new can is now twice as large as the old can.

August 24, 2011, 01:41 AM
I am so jealous!!! I waaaanna 625. And a 686, and a 586, and a Model 14, and a model 17, and a model 41, and a model 15, and a model 19, and a model, well you get the picture..........

August 24, 2011, 03:13 AM
Mother's works great.

August 24, 2011, 03:16 AM
Yes, got lead I know your pain. need to hit the lottery over here.

Gonna try the mothers polish and see how it works. thanks for the suggestion.

August 24, 2011, 01:28 PM
Don't for get a nice dan wesson revolver to add to the group

August 24, 2011, 02:08 PM
I have been bitten by the bug too, I only have 1 revolver currently (SP 101) but now I want a S&W M642, a K-frame, a Ruger Blackhawk .357, single six, GP 100 6" and .44 Mag Super Redhawk ...

August 24, 2011, 02:20 PM
Livin' that dream, too.
I've got ALL the models on a sheet of paper here next to the computer. For "research" purposes only, of course.
And, thanks for the heads up on the Mother's. Was looking for some polish.

August 24, 2011, 02:47 PM
If the scratches are fairly deep and not just burnish marks then you may need to do some sanding before using the Mother's Mag polish. But sanding then Mothers is the sort of thing you pretty much want to totally strip down the gun to do. Otherwise the grit that comes off the sandpaper and the abrasive polish will get into all the pivots and other places you don't really want them to go.

Wetordry silicon carbide paper using some water and detergent as the lube and wash away mix works well. And for most things you should have a backing pad of flexible metal folded into the sandpaper. Aluminium pop can material works well for this as it's quite springy Cut and fold in two or three layers of the pop can metal as the stiffening pad inside the folded sandpaper. Using this method along with a bit of care will do much to ensure you don't sand away the sharp edges while shining up your new gun. If the scuffs and scratches are deeper start with 400 grit and work up to 800 before going to the Mothers. Otherwise you can likely start with 600 grit.

August 24, 2011, 03:11 PM
Mother's works great, andit's cheap.

August 24, 2011, 07:45 PM
The scratches are very light, you can't even feel them. But there are a lot of them.

August 25, 2011, 12:05 AM
Scotch bright pads are good for cleaning up a stainless finish. Here is my 610, just so you know what to get next

August 25, 2011, 12:58 AM
Now that is just mean. showing me the gun that is next on my list. Thankfully I want a shorter barrel version. possibly the nightguard.

August 25, 2011, 01:59 PM
If you can't actually feel the scratches with a fingernail then they are likely more what I consider to be "burnish" marks where pressure just put new scuff marks in the finish.

Depending on what sort of look you want you can either go the Mother's Mag polish for a smooth glossy look or go with fine grade 3M Scotchbright pads for a brushed look. Either will do a nice job of giving the gun a nice overall consistent finish.

This should also indicated that stainless guns are not that scruff resistant. And it's true that they aren't any more scuff resistant than a blued finish. Just that it's easier to "fix" them when they are marked up by "scuffing" the whole gun the same way with the pads or shining it up with the polish.

Enjoy the new toy. And like you I'm envious of shooting4life's 610.

August 26, 2011, 11:40 AM
Mick W

If the scratches aren't that deep you might want to try a little Flitz on them first before Mother's Mag polish or 3M pads/sanding them. I have found Flitz doesn't polish quite as brightly as Mother's and might be just enough to remove the scratches without resorting to a really bright stainless finish (Mother's), or a really matte finish (3M/sanding).

August 26, 2011, 07:33 PM
beware it gets worse!!!!...the addiction that is!!!

August 27, 2011, 09:41 AM
Ok that last post pushed me over the edge ;-) Nice collection! My Colt Cobra is lonely. I need to get serious about a 2nd revolver (which will lead to a 3rd, a 4th, a 5th...hmmm I see a pattern here)

August 27, 2011, 09:53 AM
I got 6 but I can quit any time I want. :)

December 1, 2011, 11:22 PM
Yeah I'm hooked as well. I understand. Fellow addicts unite. Sorry about those four autos slipping in. They're always casuing trouble for nme. Guess they're rebels in the Revolver Kingdom.:cool:

Starting from the bottom going clockwise:

1)Browning Buckmark Camper w/5.5" barrel (22LR)
2)GLOCK 26 (9mm)
3)GLOCK 19 (9mm)
4)Colt Model 1908 Hammerless, 1st Issue (.308 ACP) - Mfd. 1908
5)Colt Detective Special, Post 1972 (38 Spl)
6)Colt Lawman Mk III Snubbie (.357 Magnum)
7)Colt Trooper w/4" barrel (38 Spl) - Mfd. 1960
8)Colt Officer Match Target w/6" barrel (38 Spl) - Mfd. 1940
9)S&W K-38 4 screw w/6" barrel (38 Spl)- Mfd. 1956
10)Smith & Wesson M&P Model of 1905, 3rd Change w/ 6" barrel (38 Spl)-Mfd. 1913
11)Smith & Wesson M&P Post WW II 5 Screw Transitional w/ 5" barrel (38 Spl) -Mfd. 1947
12)Smith & Wesson M&P Model of 1899 w/4" barrel (38 Spl) - Mfd. 1902
13)S&W Heavy Duty (Pre-Model 20) w/5" barrel (38/44 High Velocity)- Mfd. 1937
14)S&W Model 49 Bodyguard (38 Spl)
15)S&W Model 28 Highway Patrolman w/4" barrel (.357 Magnum). I had it refinished back in 2004. Parkarized with a Teflon coating.
16)Webley Mk VI w/6" barrel
17)Manuhrin MR-73 revolver w/4" barrel (.357 magnum)

Old Fuff
December 1, 2011, 11:28 PM

I have a feeling your addiction is incurable... ;)

December 1, 2011, 11:37 PM
Yes and it's your fault Old Fuff. You'll notice that I still own the 6" S&W M&P Model of 1905 3rd Change that I purchased in 2004. The very same one that you and I exchanged so many messages about back then right here on THR. It's been refinished (somewhere during the past 98 years of it's exsistence) and a basement gunsmith turned the hammer into a "Target" hammer. But it was my first and I'm holding onto it. It was the revolver that got me on my revolver collecting kick. Like I've said before i took your suggestion about pursuing medium sized 38 Spl revolvers to heart. Thanks. Really. My thanks you as well, but I think she's being sarcastic. :uhoh:

December 2, 2011, 03:04 AM
I do believe my next gun is going to be another revolver. I love them very much. Just need to decide the caliber then I will decide which gun.

Scipio Africanus
December 2, 2011, 08:09 PM
I succombed today, and added a S&W 629-4 to my stable. I am sure this condition is curable, but who would want that??

December 2, 2011, 11:09 PM
I know that you have probably already tried the Mother's Mag Polish, but thought I'd show this one. It's a 65 that had quite a few small scratches. Mother's and a new pair of Hogues and I think it came out pretty.

Have you scratched the 610 and 617 itch yet?

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