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approved solution for new vaquero crummy finish

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by shu, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. shu

    shu Member

    Dec 30, 2002
    tip of texas
    had to have one, so i got one - new vaquero in 45 colt, 5 1/2 inch bbl.
    got it in spite of having read about the mottled finish on the frame not
    being durable; i'm just not particularly fond of glinty (stainless steel) guns.

    gun feels nice, points nice, but sure enough after five days there is rust
    on the frame. i mostly think of guns as tools, not as show pieces, and
    don't get all exercised about normal wear - but i dont like rust.

    i suppose i'll get some fine steel wool, buff the frame down, and treat it
    with do-it-yrself bluing.

    any better ideas?
  2. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Frankly, do-it-yourself (cold) bluing usually looks like --- well you know what. You won't get a color match with the rest of the parts, and it will soon wear off. I would go one of two ways:

    (1) Return the gun to Ruger with strong-worded letter. This business has been going on for some time and they should have found a solution.

    (2) Strip the gun to the barreled frame and then polish the frame as you noted. Then send just the barreled frame out for rebluing. If you are not sending the gun back to Ruger you can remove the "don't shot before you read the book" marking on the barrel at the same time.
  3. Biggfoot44

    Biggfoot44 New Member

    May 18, 2006
    Just use it as is. If it wears enough to offend you, it's no more trouble to refinish then.
  4. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 22, 2002
    Kampong Cham, Cambodia
    Call Ruger and see about having it redone as a blue??? They have a decent return service.

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