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Home Gun Refinishing - Winchester Model 94 "Re-Blue."

Home-Refinishing a Rifle is a lot of Work, but the Results are Impressive.

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This tale of home gun refinishing began long ago. Here's a little backstory to catch you up.

Once upon a time, there was a little old lady, a yard sale, and my father. After investing a few minutes' time and twenty-five bucks, Dad walked away with a Pre-'64 Winchester Model 94 carbine chambered for the venerable 30-30 Winchester cartridge.

The gun was mighty ugly because someone had stripped away most of the bluing some years before and had never refinished it. I was thrilled, because Dad already had a nice-looking 94 in 30-30, so I figured if I could scrape together $25 (not easy for me back then), I would have me a gun like Paw's.

Wrong.

Dad held onto that rifle like it was the last one on earth. It took me about a decade to swap him out of it, for a rifle that cost me a good bit more than $25. It was another six or eight years before I finally put a good finish on the gun, using Birchwood-Casey's new Perma Fin Air Cure Gun Finish.

Thus begins the story of that finish.

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Two Winchester Model 94 30-30 lever-action rifles (carbines).Start Here - A Pair of Winchester Model 94 30-30 CarbinesBroken link pin stop screw on Winchester Model 94 30-30 lever-action rifle.Broken Link Pin Stop ScrewBroken link pin stop screw removed from Winchester Model 94 30-30 lever-action rifle.Broken Link Pin Stop Screw RemovedSome of the Winchester Model 94 parts, ready for a new finish.Some Parts Ready for the Finish
Winchester Model 94 lower tang, with one coat of Perma Fin.First Application of Perma FinSome of the Winchester Model 94 parts, ready for a new finish.More Parts Ready for Perma FinSome Winchester Model 94 parts hanging up, ready for spraying with Perma Fin.More Parts Ready for Perma Fin SprayWinchester Model 94 barrel and receiver hanging up, ready for spraying with Perma Fin.Barreled Action Ready for Finish
Winchester Model 94 barrel & receiver refinished, with unfinished forearm in place.The Finished Receiver and BarrelWinchester Model 94 screws and rear sight blade, refinished with Perma Fin.Screws and Small PartsSome Winchester Model 94 parts refinished and ready for assembly.Finished Parts Ready for AssemblySome Winchester Model 94 parts refinished and ready for assembly.More Finished Parts Ready for Assembly
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