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Rust spots on a 541T barrel: What to do?

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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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Rust on barrel

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?
Mounting the barrel in a lathe to remove the bluing is not really a good idea. As far as hot blue, you need tanks, chemicals, etc.

It would probably be cheaper, better, and more pleasing results to have it re-blued by a gunsmith. They can polish and remove the blue, and have the equipment to do a professional job.

You might consider having the barrel AND the receiver done. That way, the bluing would match.

In addition, if you were going to sell the rifle later, the value would be much higher with a professional job, rather than a home blue one. Cold blue products tend to produce results that are not really satisfactory. All right for small areas or touch ups, but not up to factory specifications.
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