Mauser blue or duracoat


January 1, 2014, 12:21 PM
Got this mauser all original non matching numbers good bore and action wood is ok shoots really well but the metal finish is going looks like heck.
So I will be doing something.
Bluing... have done it in the past just ok not bad but not wow either.
Duracoat have done this as well came out very very well. Like the blue but..
And while we are here the stock.dark oily dingged dented nothing major just deep oil in the grain and once I do the metal it will be like lipstick on a pig.
I have worked stocks like this in the past and the cosmiln dirt oil ect is so deep you never get out what you put in to it. Dont want to sportreiz so if we got any ideas to to make this look as good as it shoots please pass it on.

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January 1, 2014, 01:10 PM
Try this on the stock.

You could also try this first:
It will work about like the whiting, but costs more for enough to do a rifle stock.

Ace Hardware should carry it.


January 1, 2014, 01:11 PM
@ jeeptim
First off, lets do something with that stock.
Sweat out the greese and oil with a heat gun or hair dryer wiping it off with a paper towel.
It will take some time, but what do you have to loose.
Now, it is up to you about your Metal Finish.
I take it when you say Bluing, You mean Cold Bluing at Home.
Have you looked into Slow Rust Bluing ?
But I have finished a Few Mausers in DuraCoat, and they looked OK, but they looked out of place unless you have a Modern Stock to go with it.
They looked like I just took the cheap way out to finish the rifle.
I would have been better off just spray painting the metal.
But with Proper Preperation, you can do Cold Bluing, and it will look pretty good.
Not as durable, but it will look nice and help with rust protection.
But it is more than just wipe on, wipe off.
It is all in the polishing, Degreasing , and rinsing that gives you the finish you want.
Do not rinse with Tap Water is one of my secrets.
Used Distilled water, and Clean Cotton rags. Remember, No Oil of any kind, even from your hands, so wear CLEAN Gloves.

DT Guy
January 1, 2014, 01:41 PM
I have no idea if this was a 'good' idea or not, but I've done a couple C&R rifle stocks with heat guns and oven cleaner, and it seemed to work very well, with no ill effects on the wood.

It was, however, a VERY messy and stinky proposition, and MUST be done outside, IMHO.


January 1, 2014, 08:32 PM
Still on the fence with the finish. Did steam the the stock for a while today gonna take a few sessions to get it cleaned up.

January 1, 2014, 11:27 PM
@ jeeptim
If you are still on the fence about the DuraCoat, I would like to suggest something.
If it were my rifle and I was in your position, I would consintrate on finishing the Stock.
Then when that is done, Spray your barrel and receiver with regular Black Matt spray paint , and then assemble the rifle and go shoot it.
If you end up not liking what it looks like, then just take some Lacqueer thinnier and remove the spray paint.
But you can keep it that way till it gets scratched up, then you can remove the paint and decide to strip the metal and reblue it or DuraCoat it for a more Perminate finish if you like the Black or colors.

January 2, 2014, 07:07 AM
you can also through that stock in a black trash bag and let it sweatout the cosmoline. I had a similar problem with the stock on a nagant. I ended up refinishing it with a really dark stain

January 3, 2014, 11:04 PM
I've used Brownell's Whiting on oily stocks and I like it. You've gotta decide on how you're gonna finish the stock when it's bare -- I've always liked Casey's Tru Oil, but that might be too nice for a MilSurp rifle. Work on getting the grease out of that stock, though -- then either Tru Oil or linseed oil well rubbed in.

Cosmoline is Evil
January 5, 2014, 06:31 PM
Anybody know what the original finishing methods for the metal and stock were as it might be an option to consider...even if it will not be a collector just a shooter

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