Crosman 101 rebop...July 1 2012 at 1:18 PM
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Waiting on return of upgraded parts plus new goodies from Rick Wilnecker at Precision Pellet for my dear old '46 Crosman 101. She was in ruff shape, which is a little below rough.
All finish had to be stripped from metal & wood. Metal beneath is 98%, a very few tiny pits. Wood stained by wet environment, butt plate iron bled into wood leaving large black stains. Also something rested on buttstock to leave very strange orange colored marks and splotches all over one side, which also caused minor but noticeable indentation at each mark, weird. Somebody also decided to scribe on stock in a couple of places with a fine point indelible black marker, ain't it great?!
Oxalic acid 2 tblspn per 1/2 Q hot water removed black iron stain in about 60 minutes soak, but not orange or black marker. You can also mix oxalic & water as a paste for spot application. Tried sodium hypoclorite bleach, no go. Had to sand out the orange spots and black marker. Wood is very light color, hard as a canon ball, tight grain, maybe elm?
Stock is a very bad fit to receiver. Have to file wood to match receiver butt's metal vertical divider at bolt hole, plus inlet wood for outer rim area of receiver casting & add gasket to hopefully pull wood into receiver & tighten & true up fitment, hopefully...
After 2 hours scrubby-scrubby bore is sweet, good rifling, no pits! Very tip of barrel at crown still has visible red paint. May polish crown & touch up red paint, may be okay as is. Bolt fits tight, prod a little rough. Air chamber nicely polished, no rust or pits, but obviously not seamless tubing. May leave receiver aluminum polished w/ semigloss clear coat or may do semigloss black Rustoleum, probably the latter.
Wondering here: I have a Hoppe's Gun Blue Kit #1700. Any hope that with a good polish like 1,500 grit emery or finer, and pre-heating the acetone pre-washed metal, that the Hoppe's kit will do an acceptable re-blue of steel parts like barrel & air tube? Not expecting Colt or S&W Masterpiece quality, just a passable, decent blue. Any hope of success with Hoppe's?
Not much of a wood guy here, but thinking a honey gold finish or anwhere into a medium brown or reddish brown. What I have is Minwax 2718 Ebony & Minwax 2716 Dark Walnut, both are Stain/Sealer, or Ace Spar Varnish Gloss [claims rich amber finish]. Ebony is too dark, Walnut is a maybe but I'm thinking straight Spar Varnish, call it good. Whaddya think?
Thanks for any help or comment!