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Old 01-16-2010, 09:45 PM
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Over 12 months back I bought a reasonable condition (read used!) Winchester Model 67 for $100 and decided that instead of butchering it for a project, I would restore it.

First off I dismantled it completely, checked every little bit for wear, and finding every thing all good, proceeded to degrease and clean all the bits.
I then put fresh Remoil on them, and put them in labeled ziplock bags.
All the trigger assembly:


I then started on the stock, this was quite beat up from normal use with not much care.
Using some stripper, I got as much of the old finish off as possible.
I then inspected the wood, and circled as many gouges and dents as I could see.
It was at this point that Pop suggested I steam them out.
He had the great idea of wrapping the stock tightly in a towel, covering it in boiling water, and leaving it till cold, and repeat as many times as needed.
Damn it worked good, lifting all but the gouges in the stock.
Then it was into the hotwater cupboard for a few days to dry thoroughly.

I struggled unsuccessfully to find the right colored walnut filler, and decided in the end to leave the gouges, all of which are small, as character flaws.
In fact, I managed to sand most of them out with some 60grit paper while sanding away the white soft wood back to hard redwood.
On the left is new wood, on the right is the soft whitewood:


I worked my way through the grits getting finer and finer, finishing up with 600grit, which left the wood beautifully smooth and red, with a glow to it.
The results of the 600grit:



Both me and Pop decided it would look better with an oiled finish.
I started by rubbing in a mix of 3parts turpentine to 1part raw linseed oil (Pops mix) with some 1000grit sandpaper.
It was left for 24 hours to soak in and dry, then repeated, and again, and again.
Sealed now, I next started rubbing in straight boiled linseed oil with my hand.
Each time needing less oil as it soaked it up, leaving it to dry in the hotwater cupboard for a few hours between coats.
This produced a lovely satin sheen, with the wood well protected and showing it's full beauty.
The results:



Next up was re-blueing, something I had never tried before.
I ordered a kit, figuring it would be my best chance of getting successful results, if not the best blue job.
Man was this easy, all you need is patience and time, not skill.
I did the trigger guard fist, to see how I would go.
Wearing gloves (to protect my hands from the chemicals and to protect the metal from any oils on my skin) and eye protection, I started by degreasing the piece, then applying a blue and rust remover and leaving it for 10 mins to do it's thing.
I then applied another coat, using some steel wool this time to help it along and to get the tougher bits.
Then I sanded with rough paper to smooth out any pitting there was, working my way up the grits to 320grit.
After this, more degreasing, then using a hair dryer I warmed the metal ready for the blue.
Using a clean piece of cloth, I rubbed the blue chemical all over the guard with long, even strokes. (you guys won't believe how many jokes I've put up with over the past few days. )
It was quite cool watching the metal turn black before my eyes, but damn did it look like I'd messed up, all streaky and different colors!
Luckily I had been warned about this, and rinsing it with hot water, proceeded to rub it with some steel wool.
Now the color smoothed out and became uniform.
I degreased it again, heated it, applied the blue, rinsed it and rubbed it.
And again, and again, and again, and so on.
I gave it 25 coats, switching at coat 10 from steel wool to a soft cotton cloth.
Boy did it come out good, and after applying some Remoil to it, I put it aside and then did all the screw heads that are visible on the rifle.
Trigger Guard just after stripping:



Trigger guard after re-blueing:



Feeling confident of tackling the barrel now, I went through the whole process with that, giving it 25 coats as well.
I found these great plastic covers for the jaws of the vice, and knew they would be handy one day, well they worked perfect for holding the barrel steady while sanding.
Half way through stripping and sanding:



Freshly blued:


Reassembly, trigger is in, guards on, butt plate is on, ready for the barrel:


Barrel back in:


The fresh blue and walnut look so much better now, the barrel before:


And after:


Before:



And after:



I ordered a replica manual off eBay from Rediscovered Shooting Treasures, and when I mentioned the scope I had, he chucked one for that in for free.
Great service, that was easier than some auctions I've dealt with locally. :bthumb:
With the replica manuals for the rifle and scope:


Some final pics:



So there you have it, an ol' rifle given a new lease of life.
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This rifle is also one of the most accurate rifles I own, shooting well inside MOA when I can control the heavy trigger.


And a final pic for ya'all:
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You have a true gift for rifle work.

It has a suppressor?

Who's that goofy looking guy in the last pic?
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You have a true gift for rifle work.
Thanks bro.
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It has a suppressor?
Yep, Parker Hale (about 200mm long and 30mm across), this was ordered as a package by my older mates grandfather during the second world war, which means it's pre 1944 at least.
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Who's that goofy looking guy in the last pic?
Yea, I see him round here occasionally, my lil' sis thinks he's a bit of an idiot.
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Yep, Parker Hale (about 200mm long and 30mm across), this was ordered as a package by my older mates grandfather during the second world war, which means it's pre 1944 at least.
Crazy metric system.
Does it work well? The suppressor, not the metric system.

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Yea, I see him round here occasionally, my lil' sis thinks he's a bit of an idiot.
He looks like kind of a nut. I'm not sure what's in fashion down there, but those are crazy dress shoes he's wearing. I'm not even gonna talk about the hat.
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Does it work well? The suppressor, not the metric system.
Ha, they both work well!
Ok, the suppressor is 6" by a little over 1" and is super effective.
I dismantled and cleaned then tested it with Winchester subs, the only sounds you hear are the firing pin and the bullet hitting.

That was Kiwibowhunter behind the rifle having a go with it.
Here he is holding it in my backyard:



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He looks like kind of a nut. I'm not sure what's in fashion down there, but those are crazy dress shoes he's wearing. I'm not even gonna talk about the hat.
They're gumboots and essential at keeping your feet dry in our damp muddy climate

And what about the hat?
My mum wouldn't let me wear my flat cap or have a pipe in my mouth while she was taking the pics.
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Nothing Mr. Dundee, it's a fine hat!

The suppressor is awesome. Are they fairly common in NZ? I like the little puff of smoke after you cycle the bolt from air pushing it out.
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Nothing Mr. Dundee, it's a fine hat!

The suppressor is awesome. Are they fairly common in NZ? I like the little puff of smoke after you cycle the bolt from air pushing it out.
Yea they are common here as we don't need any extra licenses or anything to get one.
And a cheap one is only $50, guess thats one plus we got on you Americans despite our higher prices for rifles and ammo.
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Yea they are common here as we don't need any extra licenses or anything to get one.
And a cheap one is only $50, guess thats one plus we got on you Americans despite our higher prices for rifles and ammo.
You're talking about the suppressor not the hat, right?

Because if hats like that are cheap and plentiful, I'm coming to New Zealand!
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You're talking about the suppressor not the hat, right?

Because if hats like that are cheap and plentiful, I'm coming to New Zealand!
Hahaha, duuude the hats come free with the suppressors!
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So the Winchester came threaded than? Are a lot of guns threaded there?
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So the Winchester came threaded than? Are a lot of guns threaded there?
Na, this would have been threaded by a gunsmith way back when.
I now have 3 of these 67's, 1 scoped suppressed, 1 original and one for my lil sis which is a Youth rifle (I'm not allowed to call it a Boys Rifle )
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I want to get a suppressor for my .22 pistols, but it's $200 to the government, than the cost of the can.
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I want to get a suppressor for my .22 pistols, but it's $200 to the government, than the cost of the can.
Yea, thats what I mean by the fact a suppressor is the only thing we get cheaper than you guys.
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