Well I finally caved in and bought a Uberti Cattleman Hombre...it's not the nicest one in the Uberti line, but it's easy on the wallet. I mostly bought it because I want to refinish the gun. I've seen lots of threads where people have "antiqued" their revolvers by stripping the blue from the gun with vinegar. I like the look, but I haven't been able to find anything about life after antiquing. Basically my fear boils down to this: that I'm going to strip my gun and then it's going to become rust city unless I keep the thing drenched in oil 24/7. Obviously I need to keep the gun oiled, but I don't want to get oily hands while reloading!
Does anybody have any experience with this? Are stripped guns a pain? And if so, what can I do to make it easier to deal with? (It should be noted that I don't plan on using Plumb Brown...I don't like the look) Thanks everyone!!!
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September 2, 2011, 08:17 AM
I've stripped my share of Italian revolvers. The bare steel does not rust unless you try real hard. I have a barrel or two here that are bare steel waiting to be reblued and they have zero rust. Been on the bench for a year. Bare steel oiled and wiped well not rust in normal storage conditions.
Here's a Uberti that I aged.
September 2, 2011, 04:10 PM
So my dad has had a pair of Army San Marco .357 SAA replicas for several years. I always thought they were stainless, and didn't go out of my way to give them abnormally high TLC (just normal cleaning/light oiling) when they were in my charge.
Much to my surprise, I noticed some surface rust in the cylinder chambers last time I took them out to shoot. I went ahead and fired them, took them home and the rust cleaned out easily. Looking back, I am pretty sure they hadn't been cleaned or oiled for a couple sessions. I learned that night while talking to Dad that these guns were actually bare-steel. I'd been thinking they were stainless all this time. He laughed.
Moral of the story is - a) clean your guns, and b) bare steel can hold up surprisingly well with normal levels of gun maintenance.
September 2, 2011, 07:49 PM
Tallinar, that's exactly the answer I was looking for. Thanks a ton :D
My worst fear is that the bare metal would require more than just a quick "wipe on and wipe dry" coating of oil. If I had bought an original engraved Colt or something I might want to put some care into it. Since the Hombre is a $300 gun, I think I'll take the laziest route possible :evil:
Madcratebuilder, great pics!! In this antiquing process I love seeing other people's pics in order to get an idea of what I want!
September 2, 2011, 11:42 PM
Here's a Uberti that I aged.
That looks great! Kinda has a Damascus look to it.
September 3, 2011, 11:05 AM
I personally prefer Boge Quinn's method of antiquing an Uberti.
This method leaves some of the original finish on the gun, so it would be less prone to rust or corrosion.
September 3, 2011, 04:41 PM
Ahhh texagun, you're well informed. That is the exact article that I've been drooling over. I plan on doing the exact same treatment to my gun, but my brother is going to completely strip his. Here's a guy that did a similar thing to his gun, except used simichrome and buffed it (and its the look I'm hoping for)