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I just purchased a Remington 541T/HB in mint condition, with the exception of rust spots on the first foot of the barrel at the muzzle end. The rest of the barrel and receiver are in perfect condition. Here are pics of the barrel that show the rust spots:







Gun oil, a soft cloth and some elbow grease successfully removed the rust. That revealed small flaws in the blue: you could see glints of steel at the center of some of the former rust spots and general discoloration of the blue where the rust was. So my question is:

What would you recommend to return the 541T barrel to mint or new condition? If you have prior experience with something like this, what did you do and how did it turn out?
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Thank you gentlemen for the helpful replies. I appreciate it very much.

I removed all the rust soon after taking the pictures. It has a heavy coat of gun oil on it. So I don't believe the rust situation is getting any worse.

Mounting the barrel on a Hardinge lathe and removing all the old blue is something I believe I can do. But what I have not done myself is a hot blue job. Is that difficult to do well? Will it be difficult to match the original Remington blue?

Your thoughts?
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An update...

My plan A is to try cold blue first. I have Oxpho Blue on order from Brownell's. It seems to be well-recommended by RFC members. I'll try that when I get it.

If cold blue does not look right, my plan B is to send the barrel out to the folks at Craftguard Metal Finishing.

http://www.craftguard.com/

I really appreciate all the very thoughtful responses. Thank you!
 
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