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Postby AndrewCampbell » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:15 am

I have three different variants of the Mosin rifles and am wondering why the bolts aren't blued from the factory (mainly because darn near every other russian rifle ever made is) my question is other than the aesthetics is there any reason to NOT blu them? Also does anyone know where I can get it done or maybe someone here does it :D
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Re: Bluing?

Postby Grimstod » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:57 pm

The bolt is made of steel like the rest of the gun, however it is tempered very diferently. (some one correct me if I am wrong :roll: )
All the blueing result that I have seen tend to take a little differently than the rest of the gun.
An epoxy or duracoat is the way to go if you want to get the bolt to match the rest of the gun.
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Re: Bluing?

Postby Marauder 1 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:10 pm

This is an area that takes a lot of wear and tear, I wouldn't put any finish in that area. They tend to look rather bad after a few months. IF I was to put a finish on one I would probably do just the bolt body. Not the bolt head or cocking piece as these too get a lot of wear and tear under normal use.

Another thing to consider is any finish on the bolt head and locking lugs will be exposed to extreme heat and could possibly become a problem in the action. So choose your finish accordingly

OF you want a good bluing for the rifle portion get Brownell's Oxpho Blue Gel it simply the best match for your firearm. I've never tried it on a bolt however.

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Re: Bluing?

Postby Grimstod » Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:31 pm

Marauder 1 wrote:This is an area that takes a lot of wear and tear, I wouldn't put any finish in that area. They tend to look rather bad after a few months. IF I was to put a finish on one I would probably do just the bolt body. Not the bolt head or cocking piece as these get a lot of wear and tear under normal use.

Another think to consider is any finish on the bolt head and locking lugs will be exposed to extreme heat and could possibly become a problem in the action. So choose your finish accordingly

OF you want a good bluing for the rifle portion get Brownell's Oxpho Blue Gel it simply the best match for your firearm. I've never tried it on a bolt however.

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I totally agree with Mark. The bolt does see a lot of wear.
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This photo is a little blurry (its not mine) but as you can see there is a lot of places where the blue is rubbed off.
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Re: Bluing?

Postby DevilDog » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:48 pm

Had it done, same result. The bolt steel doesn't take the bluing as well either.
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Re: Bluing?

Postby USSR » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:36 pm

Just picked up some Oxpho Blue last week. looking forward to trying it out!
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Re: Bluing?

Postby AndrewCampbell » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:26 pm

The reason i'm asking is, I have a 91/30 and an M44 that have been sitting on my gun rack for a few months. I moticed the cocking handle looked dusty from a distance so I yanked em down to discover it wasn't dust but rust instead. I thought I cleaned them up really good the last time I had em out and oiled em up really good but I guess I was mistaken. I was just trying to think of a way to where if I "forgot" again it wouldn't be that big of a deal.
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Re: Bluing?

Postby Grimstod » Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:35 pm

I would polish the bolts down good. There may have been some corrosives left in small machining marks. Mosins are notorious for there ruff finish.

Are you in a dry climate? Or a humid one? Leaving them out in a humid climate will rust even chrome. On the cost you have the added disadvantage of airborne salt from the sea. Non of my friend in Florida leave anything outside of AC that could rust.
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