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Is this a good deal for gunsmith work?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by mikeashurst, Dec 19, 2006.

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  1. mikeashurst

    mikeashurst Member

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    There is a gunsmith near me who has over 20 years of experience. He would charge me $200 to completely reblue the metal and cut a new recessed crown on my 1973 Remington model 700 ADL .308 (wood stock). Is this a good deal?

    Itemized: $150 for the blueing and $50 for the recessed crown.
     
  2. Rob62

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    I believe that the charges are about what you will find as average for the work you described.

    BTW - I take it the re-bluing is using a "hot blue" and would be a bead blast (satin) finish of the metal prior to dropping the parts in the bluing tank.

    HTH,

    Rob
     
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    My local charges $50/hr., was wondering what the national average was.
     
  4. mikeashurst

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    I would like the finish on the metal to look really good - deep blue. Is this "hot blueing"?
     
  5. Rob62

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    mikeashurst - hot bluing is basically taking the prepared metal and placing it in a tank of heated, bluing solution. Hence the term hot bluing. Cold bluing is more of a do at home, or touch up method of bluing, using a cold or non heated solution. Cold blue can be found at any of the Super Markets for touch up work.

    I am not aware of any true professional gunsmiths that would use cold blue as a standard for re-finishing a complete rifle. The standard would be use of hot blue. Hot blue is much more durable than cold blue.

    As important as whether hot vs. cold blue is the metal preperation before any solution ever touches the metal. The most cost effective way is to use a bead blasting machien and bead blast the metal. This IMO produces a nice even "matte" finish after the blue is applied. But if you want a polished finish then the metal has to be preparred on assorted buffing wheels with assorted grits of buffing compound. Not as fast and much more labor intensive than bead blasting.

    Just looked up some information in my #59 Brownells catalog.

    These are national Shop Survey Costs or prices.

    General per man hour costs $40-80
    Per man and machine hour $50-95

    Minimum per gun $35-70

    Basic hot blue using wire wheel or bead blast $95-145
    Deluxe Hot Bluing (Rifle/shotgun) $135-190
    Master Hot Bluing -bright mirror like finish (Rifle Shotgun) $160-250

    Regards,
    Rob
     
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    Thanks for all the great information. I feel better "informed" now. After looking very closely at the existing blue finish on my rifle I don't think it needs re-blueing afterall. However, it does need a new recessed crown.
     
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