I've posted about this Marlin 94 in 38-40 that is my Great Grandfather's that my Uncle is now the proud owner of before and I have the task of restoring it. This will be a complete restore, slow rust bluing and refinishing the wood. I will try to keep up with posting pictures as I go and share here. With this rifle being as old as it is rust bluing was the only way to go, anything else would have been an abomination, and I would fear the wrath of the gun gods. But I did not try to remove 100% of the nicks and scratches because this rifle has been in the family since it was new, those nicks and scratches tell stories from those already gone that used this rifle.This is what I have done so far:

Here is what I was starting with, zero bluing left and some slight pitting:

Here is it all blown apart, 108 years of grit and grim:

And all stripped, cleaned, and lightly sanded to get out some of the pitting:

First pass with the bluing, I'm using Laurel Mountain Forge Barrel Brown & Degreasers:

And after 3 hours rusting and 5 min in boiling water:

Round #2 Rusting!
Side note, anyone else thinks this would be an awesome mobile to hang over the bed? just me?

After the 2nd boil:
You can see how its getting darker and richer in color. I will do another 3 maybe even as much as 5 more rust and boil rounds to get it as dark and true as possible. 


this is so great, although it is an old rifle i am pretty sure it is going to be better than the new ones. i saw a similar picture of an old rifle at a term webiste, and it was really amusing. you guys should check it our too.


This is very informative and this will surely help a lot of people who are having trouble in fixing the parts of this weapon. A good reference for all of the people out there. We must be careful in using this an we should be responsible enough when we are using this weapon in those needed situations.


Ok I think what you're most concerned about is the rust in the picture right? But you should also thoroughly inspect the action and bore especially it's very likely you have some rust inside the barrel and as a result, probably pitting. The cure for rust is soap, steel wool, time, and gun blue from Walmart and the like. You can use water, vinegar to loosen her up and after getting every little spec of rust off, dry it and very quickly as in within the first hour apply gun blue to prevent it from quickly rusting again. Hope this helps.

08/08/2016 7:18pm

We got so many things from here, thank you guys!

08/24/2016 3:39am

Wow, I bet it wasn't easy at all. You should add a photo with the result.

11/23/2016 5:24pm

My grandfather from my mother's side is 80+ years old now and my mother tells me that he has an M1 Garand under his bed in the province that he still keeps up to this day in case there are intruders in his home. She also told me that he maintains it but it's a little bit rusty now. I don't know if it's true and if it is, I'd like to see it for myself. It would have been an amazing.

01/16/2017 9:26pm

It is an old weapon i am fairly sure it is going to be better than the new ones. i saw the same image of an old weapon at a website, and it was really enjoyable.

09/05/2017 11:32pm

It would be an amazing job if someone, make this one up and running.


Lucky you found that rifle.


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