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    Quote Originally Posted by heavy_mech View Post
    Not really. Not by a long shot actually. Over $1000 for a MM which has no historical or collector value. $4000+ for fake/misrepresented rifles. But you're very right about the learning part. It will come soon enough, especially if you follow along here and search through the references. Of course the books written by Mike and Bruce are amazing and THE authoritative source.
    I will look into those books - thanks! I am learning by the hour on this site too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by heavy_mech View Post
    Ever wanted to learn how to rust blue?
    I think it looks more like blue rust actually!

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    People are paying $600 for RC and even more for Mitchell's. Yeah finish may have been messed up but it is still matching. Congrats.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mowzerluvr View Post
    Unsure the cost of a hot blue dip but I'd check that out myself. Refinish, if even just hearing the word is a no-no in the collector circle but for the decent price you paid for a matching rifle, the finish is ruined and non original anyway. It will all match in color once done. It will always have a "non original" finish anyway, once reblued in the original way, it will look a lot better at the range shooting it. I would have no reservations doing it.
    I paid 100 I think for a hot dip reblue of my RC when I rebarreled it. I could have done it myself but I only have a tank for small parts. I've recently done some experiments with rust bluing, it's pretty labor intensive and takes a lot of time and patience, but you CAN do it yourself with fairly cheap equipment and a bottle of rust blue solution.

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    Thanks for all the replies!! I guess it was not such a bad deal after all. I have decided to reblue it.

    What if anything can be done about the pitting on the bolt. It is the worst part. Can it be sanded down at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by werra View Post
    Thanks for all the replies!! I guess it was not such a bad deal after all. I have decided to reblue it.

    What if anything can be done about the pitting on the bolt. It is the worst part. Can it be sanded down at all?
    I'd draw the line at re-blue and leave it at that. Any grinding or sanding would be over the top. Pitting won't hurt its functionality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mowzerluvr View Post
    I'd draw the line at re-blue and leave it at that. Any grinding or sanding would be over the top. Pitting won't hurt its functionality.
    Sound advice! I will leave it as is. It will be as original as possible - minus the finish.

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    option c, would be to leave as is... sell to recover your cost, and upgrade to better condition example

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob in OHIO View Post
    option c, would be to leave as is... sell to recover your cost, and upgrade to better condition example
    I did consider this option. For now, I intend to keep it. When I have the funds, I hope to add a nicer rifle to the collection.

    Now I just need to find the correct stamped byf floorplate so I can shoot it. The original is damaged and won't stay put.

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    Leave it alone. I rust blue my east German ak variant s. I would never rust blue a defaced collectable to make it "look" original or even close

    Faking is faking, reproduction anything is attempt to decieve

    Nice shooter

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