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Old 01-16-2018, 07:25 PM
snuffy1a snuffy1a is offline
 
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I have an extra cutoff, but wasn't quite sure on how to remove the weld. It looks like there may already be some damage to the receiver. I'll just JB Weld if there is.
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Old 01-17-2018, 07:38 AM
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What are you all doing about the bare metal where the welds have been ground down? How are you finishing it? I was going to take mine to a gunsmith in town to have them stripped and parkerized but I know this is going to be expensive. What other options are there? It's a recovered drill rifle in the end, I don't need to sink a lot of money into it.
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Old 01-17-2018, 08:44 AM
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Even though my recovered drill rifle shoots & cycles well, it still is nothing more than a shooter/drill rifle. Having said that, I'm not going to put a lot of money into it. I used, as a temporary cover, Rust-Oleum High Heat spray paint and Rust-Oleum primer to cover just the bare spots of metal. I may use Duracoat at some point. I'll wait and see how the Rust-Oleum holds up.

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Old 01-17-2018, 10:02 AM
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I suggest a Q tip and some Caswells to darken the SS weld and exposed steel. Leaving evidence of the welds seems to me the ethical thing to do. A well done restored drill rifle (1941, 1903 or A3 or M1) is not worth as much as a comparable unwelded rifle, but for CMP competition it comes pretty close. Good Shooting. ...
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Old 01-17-2018, 10:07 AM
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I suggest a Q tip and some Caswells to darken the SS weld and exposed steel. Leaving evidence of the welds seems to me the ethical thing to do. A well done restored drill rifle (1941, 1903 or A3 or M1) is not worth as much as a comparable unwelded rifle, but for CMP competition it comes pretty close. Good Shooting. ...
Caswell.....
http://www.caswellplating.com/metal-...r-8-fl-oz.html

FYI- Caswell’s can also be used to touch up steel parts like your rear and front sight ears and small scratches in parkerized finishes. Degrease and apply with a Q-Tip, let it darken, rinse with water and oil. Don’t leave the raw chemical on steel any longer than it takes to darken.

This can also be used on Garand gas cylinders too......
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2wpk20vdj...+Blackener.doc
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Old 01-17-2018, 11:22 AM
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Cerakote is what I am thinking for mine............ eventually. The park on mine is still good enough, I can make it last for a while I think. They can mix any color they want to match. Now, I know what some purists out there are going to say about it. Don't say it. I cerakoted my recovered M1 drill rifle and told everyone that it was finished in cerakote. Everyone criticized me for it until they saw the finished product. Then they began remarking how much it looked like Greek park! Here on some pics of the receiver if you want to see it. It covers up the weld very nice too. Can't even tell it was there. And if you coat the internal parts with it as well, it will last for thousands of rounds.

https://i.imgur.com/UchTbg5.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/kVkb8N1.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/ghfKOYS.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/sjFPVNb.jpg


P.S. Here is the pic of the receiver after removing the cutoff

https://i.imgur.com/i6OK6xn.jpg

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Old 01-17-2018, 12:02 PM
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Hi Fellows,

I taped some .003 shim stock to the rounded section of the receiver & used the diamond files it helped me keep the lines straight across without hitting the receiver.
Then it was a simple matter to blend any high spots or low spots(JB weld) & using files,emery paper & stones to match the receiver.
I could not find Caswell locally & for the cost of the product & shipping I passed on it!
That high heat paint seems to work well to cover the SS welds.
I have also used (fuel proof) model air plane paint too, both are wearing well.

I like the others here, feel the recovered drill rifles shoot the same or better then the average 03 or 03-A3
Heck the barrel is the HEART of the rifle & "IF"it's new & correctly mounted should do just fine!

Get them while you can,
broom
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Old 01-17-2018, 03:37 PM
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Just got the barrel off. No problems, no damage done.
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Old 01-18-2018, 08:50 AM
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glad you got yours off...I literally broke off part of the jaw on my bench vise as I tried to keep the barrel from slipping...woe is me!!!
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Old 01-18-2018, 10:39 AM
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Couple of things that I discovered during this process. I struggled to get my first barrel off. Made my relief cut and still couldn't break it free. Stated cutting deeper and after a few attempts, it broke free quite easily. The next two I used my action wrench and a pipe wrench never getting they barrel vise out. If it didn't pop fairly easily, made the cut deeper, gave it another shot of kroil and tried again. Once that cut was deep enough, the receiver broke free readily even when breaking the weld.

The other thing was blackening the exposed weld metal. I had some caswell blackener that I had forgotten about. Opened it up and it was a solid. Looked to buy some new but it was pricey with shipping for the little I needed. Dumped some of the crystals / chunks into a plastic cup and put a little water with it. Smashed it up with a q-tip and tried it. It worked! Looks like you can reconstitute it with water. It was a bit chunky but it did the job. I wouldn't try this with the whole bottle but just small amounts that you need for the task
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