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Refurbed Mercury

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by gunsnlandies, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. gunsnlandies

    gunsnlandies Posting Addict

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    I've owned this Mercury since it was new in the seventies. It suffered an accident quite a few years ago falling from a height onto concrete. It has sat in the shed requiring a barrel and the stock working on ever since. So I thought it was time to resurrect it. Reworked the stock as this needed some gouges cut out. Stripped the replacement scratched black barrel and re-blued all the metalwork. It's now a little bit different to what BSA had in mind.
    mercury1.jpg mercury2.jpg mercury3.jpg
    Brian
     
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    bhodge Keyboard Hero

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    'Different' is good....nice one mate!
    How does it shoot?
     
  3. SteveO

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    Looks nice, what did you use to refinish the stock?

    I'm getting interested in refinishing the woodwork on guns, I can rub them down and get a silky finish and then it all starts to go a bit wrong (well they don't end up as nice as other peoples refurbs anyway I see)
     
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    That's lovely - really unique but not over-done. Brilliant job.
     
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    Looks like a rimmy, BSA would have been proud of you.

    There's alway one smart arse that can cut checkering and it just happens to be you.
     
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    i like that!
     
  7. 1961nuffield

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    Very nice, I have a mercury here that needs a new barrel and I feel inspired!

    John
     
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    Thats very nice woodwork skills i cant still get the checkering right,nice refurb...Dave
     
  9. valboskie

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    very nice work you have done on your mercury Brian.
    i have an old mk2 mercury sitting here that i have finished the internals on and would love my stock that colour.
    Brian what products did you use to stain and finish your stock if you don't mind me asking is a fantastic colour .
    what method did you use to reblue the action my model is painted
    atb
    David
     
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    very nice stock indeed :up:
     
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    When this was new it was the typical BSA Yellow varnish. Once removed, the wood underneath was a reddish. This then got stained with 3 coats of Colron American Walnut. 8 coats of boiled linseed oil rubbed in. Then 6 coats of French polish with a rub down of fine wire wool between coats. Lastly 4 coats of a beeswax mixture.

    If you like a shine, wax over the last coat of French polish. If you prefer a more satin finish, lightly rub over the that last coat, which will leave it dull, then wax.
    The metal work was stripped of BSA's black paint and polished to a nice shine, and then wiped down with isopropyl alchohol. Heated gently with a blowtorch and Bisley gun blue applied. They normally quote to stop with water after applying.... Don't. I let it dry and rub down with fine wirewool and then re-apply however many times I think it needs. I would have used my Ballistol steel finish on it, but it has gone walkabout. This leaves a much blacker finish with less coats. If you like a more blue tinge, use the Ballistol, but give it a final one or two coats of normal gun blue



    Brian
     
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    Lovely refurb. I love my Mercury but it is as BSA turned it out. If only they had produced them like this.....!
     
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    Loverrrrrly job
     
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    Right, i'm getting my Dremel and pyro wand out and setting too on my Mercury. That should stop the wife from hassling me to sell my good rifles. Awesome job there mate, i am envious indeed.
     
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    Crackin job there pal
     
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    Nice job I'm after a mercury for a project.
     
  17. lone wolf

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    Great job mate!
    Really nicely done and thanks for shearing your tips, what tools did you use to cut the chequering in with?

    Gaz
     
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    Gorgeous!!
     
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    I use three different chequering tools that I've owned for years. A single V blade, a double V and a V with guide. This last one cuts a grove and leaves a parallel mark, that is then used as a guide for the next bout.


    Brian
     
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    Cheers brian
    You have done a great job,ive been looking at tools to do it so its all a bit new to me and id love to give it a go some time.

    Its nice to be able to put that personal touch on to a rifle.

    Gaz
     

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