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My Uncle passed away in September of 2010 and one of the things he left me was a Remington Model 31 12 gauge. It has rust spots on the barrel and receiver, how much would it be to re-blue the finish?
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Not much at all. Blueing solutions are fairly inexpensive and easy to do. Preparation, like painting or staining, is the longest part.

Some steel wool or emery cloth (or both) some degreaser, a buffing wheel or lots of time with hand polish and then a basin to blue the metal in.

Cold blue works well but ends up not looking as 'deep' and a hot blue. Both can be done at home by a semi competent do it your selfer.

Look up "home gun blue" and you will get lots of hits on guides. Like this,...

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Generally @$100-125 for a factory blue.

Home brew never quite comes out right and doesn't last as well.
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Generally @$100-125 for a factory blue.

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Thanks whirlibird and Jida...........I dont plan on keeping it but $100 to 125 is not bad at all
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Depending on the year of the 31and the style some of them can be quite valuable. My ad vice is do not touch it, cleaning and reblueing could ruin its’ value. Before you do anything look it up in the book and see what it is worth. A wile back I did a 16 Ga 31 trap dated 1931 that was beyond all hope due to someone trying to spruce it up by cleaning the rust off it with sand paper. The stock was soaked with oil and trigger group was frozen with rust. It was a months worth of work but I made it shoot able again but it will never have any collectors value. It looks good and is a good shooter but that is all it will ever be.

If it shoots and is safe leave it alone wipe it with a little SAE 30 non detergent motor oil and leave it as is.
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If it shoots and is safe leave it alone wipe it with a little SAE 30 non detergent motor oil and leave it as is.
Well, when you rack the slide it takes a bit of effort........dont know if he ever cleaned it or not?
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Bought some from Turners for $7 and did it myself. I think it came out looking pretty good.
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Well, when you rack the slide it takes a bit of effort........dont know if he ever cleaned it or not?

Take it apart and clean the works inside they are not hard to disassemble. A gunsmith or full service FFL should be willing to show you how to take it apart and how to clean it. Like I said if it shoots and is safe leave it alone.
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