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#3343928 - 09/01/13 06:29 PM Freshening up my M77
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So this Ruger M77 has been my go-to deer gun for about the last 4 years (only got into deer hunting about 5 years ago). Shown is from 2011, my son's first deer:



And here it is from last fall - a little rougher...



A few weeks back I decided to break it down for a very basic refresh job.

Stock was stripped, re-stained, oiled, and polished with one of those kits every gun shop has (forget the brand, sorry!)

Trigger guard and mag floor plate were rattle canned with Rustoleum Satin Black and oven cured for about an hour. Paint hardened up nicely - hopefully it holds up, but if not it was cheap and easy to do.

Anyway: the finished product:





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#3343933 - 09/01/13 06:32 PM Re: Freshening up my M77 [Re: -DRM-]
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I messed up with sanding some of the metal - you can see the hinge for the floor plate, as well as the plate release button I sanded some of the blueing off.

The crown of the barrel has also worn the blueing off - between all of these I am tempting to try to touch them up with some cold blue methods - but I've never blued anything before.

Again, I'm satisfied the wood is a little better protected for rough weather now, and it's no too nice for me to feel bad about beating the brush with it.
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#3343954 - 09/01/13 07:03 PM Re: Freshening up my M77 [Re: -DRM-]
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Looks good DRM! ive got a 700bdl that im going to start on in a few days. hope it turns out as good as yours.
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#3344036 - 09/01/13 08:00 PM Re: Freshening up my M77 [Re: rem2506]
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Nice.
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#3344043 - 09/01/13 08:02 PM Re: Freshening up my M77 [Re: rem2506]
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Oxpho blue from Brownell's works pretty good for touch ups. Looks good freshened up!
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#3344062 - 09/01/13 08:10 PM Re: Freshening up my M77 [Re: Rubberduck270]
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Looks good David
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#3344116 - 09/01/13 08:50 PM Re: Freshening up my M77 [Re: -DRM-]
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Looks really nice!
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#3344207 - 09/01/13 09:44 PM Re: Freshening up my M77 [Re: Boone 58]
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Looks good ! I have a M77 in 30/06 my dad bought me new in 1980. I don't use it anymore, but wouldn't part with it for anything. Very nice job on your rifle.
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#3344389 - 09/02/13 07:43 AM Re: Freshening up my M77 [Re: huntinman]
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Thanks everyone. Like I said - it's not perfect, but it's ready for years more service.

Anyone who hasn't tackled something like this shouldn't be scared to. I literally had less than $30 in supplies, and the supplies left over can do several more rifles.
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#3344588 - 09/02/13 11:39 AM Re: Freshening up my M77 [Re: -DRM-]
Orion6
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Looks good!

There is a blueing gel I've used that works good. Can't think of the name but it has numbers in it. Gel seems to work better than the cheaper liquid cold blue.

Over time just look at the scars and blemishes as battle scars and memories. I am anal about keeping my stuff nice but a gun that gets used will look used. I have to keep telling myself that. \:\)
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