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Is my "Camo It" plan brilliant ... or terrible ... for an HW77K?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by seb1982, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. seb1982

    seb1982 Newbie

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    Hi guys & gals

    Long story short - I've got a 15 year old HW77K that's been stored open air in the attic for a few years. :mad: (I know - I'm not happy about it either!)

    A cursory examination has shown that it looks like it's just surface damage, but I haven't been able to put it through a chrono yet. There's a lot of surface rust, but it doesn't look like there's significant pitting anywhere.

    Anyway ... I'd quite like to get the old thing looking half decent again. I'm meant to be saving my pennies for a PCP, though, so I don't really want to spend too much on it right now. Having looked at cold bluing, it doesn't look like that's a finish that's going to last for any length of time, and I haven't got enough kit to easily try rust bluing. So. I thought - what about just cold bluing it with some paste just to protect the surface, and then covering everything with "Camo It".

    I don't know how much an entire clean down and reblue is these days, but the Camo It idea would be about £50. I just wonder ... I can't recall seeing any underlevers with it on, so maybe it wouldn't be hard-wearing enough for use like that.

    Or it may well be a really dumb idea for a reason I haven't even thought of! It has been known to happen :D

    Anyroad, any thoughts you fine people had would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks

    Simon
     
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    Ah - I must have missed that discussion :( - sorry!

    Yeah - that was my thinking, too. I'd certainly hope to be able to get a proper bluing job done on it at some point - it was my first proper air rifle, so it's a bit special! :D Was just worried that I can't recall seeing any underlevers with the Camo It on. Whether it's too fiddly / hard wearing enough to go around the end clips of the underlever, I don't really know.
     
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    Look on eBay for vinyl. Fraction of the price and more of it. Plenty spare for practice. Personally I've had good results with cold blue, but if you're not keen, maybe paint the action, or for the barrel I've also seen someone use heat-shrink tubing. Looked very effective.
     
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    If you're spending £50, you're getting very close to how much it would cost to send it for a hot blue to RichardH (on the ***, not sure if he's on here). You send him the barrel underlever and cylinder, and any other bits, and also pay for return postage and he'll polish it and blue it for around (you'd have to ask him exactly) £50... if you have the equipment to get a mirror polish on thes parts yourself, you send it to him and its considerably cheaper as all he has to do is a degrease and dip.
    Theres quite a few people on the forums capable of lovely bluing. you should have a search for previous threads and contact a few for prices - you might be surprised.
     
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    Search Colin molloy he does it for about £40 and reports are a very good job. Camo a 77? Yuk ! Sacrilege! Here's a link to a blueing job I did on a 77 last year http://www.airgunforum.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=159042
    What I did was apply carbon wrap to the underlever afterwards to take the wear n tear of the sweaty hands which causes rust.
     
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