Boys and girls,
as you may or may not know (reasonably irrelevant of course), I'm in the process of restoring a rifle. I've had to strip all the metal parts down to bare polished steel, which I've done to such a fine degree with up to 1200 grit, felt and polishing wheels, it is like a mirror (A LOT of work, yes, but looks spectacular!), of course, it's not a stainless steel rifle, nor should it ever look like one, so it will be reblued again. I posted about maybe having a simple engraving on the floorplate, and thank you all for your responses and ideas.
Here's the next question then:
Clearly, a blued rifle will still rust when damp and/or wet. so how would you recommend treating the internal components of the action and trigger, sears, etc. etc. and the receiver raceway. I am afraid if I blue the parts as well, they will quickly wear it off and may rust, as would they just left polished of course. I'm not certain how long a ptfe based application will last either. are these parts best treated in a duracoat style material or bead blasted, or just left blued?
any ideas from the experienced minds out there is greatly appreciated.