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Help/Advice if possible please

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by stoty1985, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. stoty1985

    stoty1985 Newbie

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    Hi all,

    Im new here and this is my first post (apart from my introduction).....

    I have a Weihrauch hw80 that has been sat in the garage for the best part of 12 months, the problem with my garage is that it seems to be quite damp at times and this has caused the barrel on my rifle to go a bit rusty I have rubbed it down with some wire wool and maintaince spray and the barrel has not pitted, but the problem I have is it does not look right now I have according to my local gun and fishing shop "removed the blueing" and that they sell a blueing kit. My question is how difficult is it to re blue my rifle? is it something that a novice could do or is it best to send it away to have it done, the blueing kit is around £25.
    any help or advice would be greatly received
    Mike
     
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    Hello and welcome to the forum !

    Cold blue solutions can look great when first done but I've yet to find one that's robust under normal use.

    This means you can cold blue whatever bits you like but the finish will not last well under repeated handling (cocking the gun, for example) and it will often turn quite matt after a short time rather than the deep glossy blue you get on a new gun.

    Did the gun shop check the bore of your rifle to make sure moisture hasn't affected the inside ?

    Might also be worth having the cylinder properly checked inside and out - at the very least drop the cylinder out of the stock (two stock bolts at the front, one on each side, and two screws on the trigger guard) and have a look at the metalwork you can't see when the gun is assembled. Unless it has been oiled prior to assembly this area is a good barometer of the possible state of other parts.

    If you want a good result that lasts a long time (with suitable care ;) ) then commercial blueing is your only option.

    Have you considered simply replacing the barrel ?

    A lot of folks part guns out or upgrade their gun and sell the replaced parts on. You often find HW80 barrels up for sale - I have a couple in my bits box from previous projects but none of them are mint so I wouldn't offer one up.

    Last time I had a barrel and action re-blued it was about £80 as far as I can remember. The finish was outstanding; better than new in fact.

    Chambers sell a complete replacement barrel for £76.62 (plus delivery) and you could probably get a few quid back for your rubbed down barrel, so it might be around the same price, give or take, and it would be infinitely faster, just to order a new barrel.

    https://www.gunspares.co.uk/products/24572/HW80/

    Good luck finding a solution :D
     
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    I meant to add, if you replace the barrel you undo the keeper screw head on the right side of the gun's barrel, then undo the barrel pivot bolt from the left side. Remove the bolt and slide the barrel out and off - you will need the action out of the stock.

    The cocking lever will simply lift out of the cocking shoe.

    You can remove the cocking linkage from the barrel with a suitably sized pin punch (a 3 " nail with the sharp tip filed off will do if you don't have tools).

    Some people get their guns powder coated or use one of the hard wearing commercial black matt paints.

    If you want the original blue though, you're either going to have to replace the barrel or send it away.
     
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    hi
    thanks for the quick response and advice, they did check the barrel as far as I know but will have to give them a call tomorrow, I will have a look into buying a new barrel I think but this means I have a spare one to mess about with (paint etc.)
    thanks again
     
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    Keep as a spare or sell to offset and reduce the overall outlay involved in replacing it :)
     
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    good plan thanks
     

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