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I wanted to get an opinion on a Ruger Mark/Standard pistol that came in to my possession. The gun looks like a 1976 production judging by the Serial number and is in excellent working condition. Same can not be said for the finish of the firearm. I am contemplating on getting it refinished by Ruger or myself in the near future and was wondering if this is a good idea?

 

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Welcome from Australia mate.
Glad to have you on board, nice folk here and lots of good info.
Give Ruger a call, they will sort it for you.
 

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On a collectible gun, once you mess with the finish, start polishing and so on you usually decrease the value of the gun. Still a lot of Standards of that vintage around, so getting it re-blued is not going to harm its value at all.

As a do-it-yourself project, though, you're typically limited to cold bluing and that, at best, gets you a temporary blue job. Rubs off fairly quick. Cold blue is fine for touch up work, but doesn't produce the kind of results you'll want down the road.

I'd check with a local gunsmith or gun shop. Usually there is someone in the area setup to do hot blue and that's the kind of bluing that gets you back to a factory blue. Huge difference between the cold blue you get in a tube and hot blue in tanks, done by someone who knows what they're doing.
 

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Thank you guys for the input. I have reached out to Ruger to see what they can do for this pistol. I think it was stainless steal before the rust, so I would like to bring back it's original luster.
 

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If it is stainless, then you can polish it with Flitz or Mothers polish. If it is carbon steel then have your gunsmith (or Ruger) reblue it. A reblue job will cost around $100-150. So make sure that the gun is worth that expense to you.
 

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What is your intent for the gun? If a shooter, I'd leave it be and holster it, shoot it. At most, refinish it myself with a durable DIY finish from Brownells or others. From your picture, it looks to be a blued model. I'd let Ruger reblue it. They could evaluate it while it was there. Good luck and don't forget a picture of the finished product.
 

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What is your intent for the gun? If a shooter, I'd leave it be and holster it, shoot it. At most, refinish it myself with a durable DIY finish from Brownells or others. From your picture, it looks to be a blued model. I'd let Ruger reblue it. They could evaluate it while it was there. Good luck and don't forget a picture of the finished product.
The intent is to keep it for a long time, I have two young boys that I would like to pass it on to. But that said, I love shooting the gun and will continue to do so.

I just got a response from Ruger on the email that I sent to them yesterday in regards to this pistol. They think that this one was blued, but would need to check against the serial number to verify. They are quoting a full recondition and re-bluing of the gun for $110.00 with shipping and small parts included. Sounds like a reasonable price?
 

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ddog:

I followed your link and posted the IMG code from your photobucket. That gets it done.
 

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That is a good price and it will look bran new when you get it back. I plan to get a quote from them on a Security Six I have that needs rebluing.
 

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That looks like a neat project. I just finishes a Mark I Target that was pitted much deeper than your gun. If you decide to do it yourself. I would soak it for a week or so in Ed's Red Bore Cleaner. Equal parts of Automatic Transmission Cleaner Acetone Kerosene and Mineral Oil. Take the grips off first and feild strip it. Then use 000 steel wool. The rust will come right off.
 

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I like working on old worn rusty guns as I only buy shooters and in that condition. It's an interesting hobby and they end up looking real nice - not new, but pretty close.
 
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