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Old 02-05-2009, 12:43 PM
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Hey guys I'm pretty new here and this is my Remington 550-i. Manufacture date is 1946, and it really needs to be refinished. I've never done anything like that before so it's going to be interesting! Let me know what you think.

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Old 02-05-2009, 01:01 PM
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Welcome to the forum.

So what look are you going for?

Do you want it to look new or just clean her up a bit?

I think she looks pretty good from here.
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:16 PM
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It's actually pretty bad just my cell phone pictures don't reveal it. My grandpa got this gun when he came back from the service so I'd like to make it look original again. Here are some more detailed pictures of the carnage.







Any tips or recommendations? I'm 19 and I have no experience refinishing guns! I took metals all four years when I was in high school instead of woods
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:55 PM
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That'll come out really nice.

You can do a search of the forums for different refinishing techniques, some of the guys can really work some magic.

You'll want to chemically strip the old finish off but don't use sandpaper on it at all, you'll end up rounding the edges off. Steel wool works really good, you can buy 00, 000 and 0000 at Wally World.

Take your time, steam out the dents if you've got them, it'll come out real nice. But like you said it's a 1946 so it's carrying some history in those deeper dings.
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Old 02-05-2009, 02:12 PM
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https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums...ght=oil+finish

Check this out.
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Old 02-05-2009, 02:40 PM
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Good advice there. It may be a little intimidating for an amateur though, but a really good write-up nevertheless.
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Thanks! A lot of good info in there. I guess I'm fortunate that it doesn't really have any dents - just scratches from being used for 60 years! Hopefully I don't screw it up so it can be used for another 60, well operating, years
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:27 PM
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Great ole rifle....
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:19 PM
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The only thing I really don't like is the shell deflector or whatever you would call it... But no big deal I always just take it off when shooting. And the range I go to requires the bolt to be locked open during cease-fire and you have to stick something in it because there is no way to lock it by pushing it in or anything...
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:15 PM
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You'll grow to love the shell deflector,...

especially at the shooting range. Without it spent casings can and will fly erratically, you don't want to rain hot brass down the shirt-collar of a nearby shooter.

As for holding the breech open maybe this will prove helpful...

http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/sto...le=SAF-T-ROUND


The Remington 550-1, as well as the earlier 550, is a timelessly classic design.

Keep us posted,

smithy
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:34 PM
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Oh come on now! What would shooting be without the fear of hot brass raining down peoples shirts??? I'll just make sure my girlfriend is wearing a low-cut shirt and try to have some fun
No, but the reason I don't like it is because clearing jams is a little more difficult. No big deal though and I see what you're saying. When I was younger I caught a casing in mid air thinking it would be cool! Just one more decision I regret...
I'm actually going to go buy some supplies to get this ball rolling right now since I don't have class on Fridays. Good idea about keeping the chamber open too might have to see if anyone sells those locally.
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:26 AM
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Okay, I doubt I'll get any responses this late at night so I'm going to start working on it, but I do have a question. What color is this originally? I bought everything besides the stain because I thought maybe someone would know the exact color.
The progress:


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Old 02-06-2009, 12:41 AM
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The only thing I really don't like is the shell deflector or whatever you would call it... But no big deal I always just take it off when shooting. And the range I go to requires the bolt to be locked open during cease-fire and you have to stick something in it because there is no way to lock it by pushing it in or anything...
I remove the deflector when I shoot. As a Lefty I get the hot brass raining down on my right wrist & forearm. Not a pleasant feeling to say the least.

With it removed, I am a happy shooter.
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:43 AM
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When I reworked my Granddads old 550 I stripped it with stain remover, smothed it with steel wool ,and then just went back with a oil/ hand rub finish. May not be an option for you, as you want yours original. I just like oil on walnut. And repairs from field scratches and dings are more easily repaired. Just a thought! RH
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Old 02-06-2009, 01:03 AM
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I guess that could be an option but I'll know more once I get the current finish off. I'm loving this 550-1 more and more every second! It was made in 1946 and it's easier to take apart and clean than my 2009 Mossberg 702! That isn't exactly the definition of progress
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