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    Anywhere that does phosphating in the UK (TRG42)

    I have a TRG42 .338 that went off to Finland to have a new barrel installed, at great expense. I wanted to keep the rifle looking original, with a phosphate finish. Anyway, the rifle eventually arrived back, but the quality of the finish on the barrel leaves a lot to be desired. Long scratches in the phosphating down one side, quite light in colour compared to the receiver, spots that look like they've been polished with steel wool (shiny areas where you almost see through the phosphating). I can only assume that its been lying around on a spares shelf for a while, maybe picked up some rust that they've tried to clean off.

    Anyway, its now back with GMK, who have today reported that finish issues like this are fairly normal for a phosphate finish (utter rubbish), however they are sending pics to the factory and will await their comments. Bearing in mind that this is the same factory that was happy to ship the thing out in the first place, I can see where this is leading.

    Assuming I get no support from GMK or Sako, does anyone know of a gunsmith in the UK that does phosphating? I've tried contacting non gunsmith metal treatment firms, but none were interested.

    Would prefer to avoid Cerakote, if I wanted this I wouldn't have bothered with the factory original barrel.

    Cheers,

    Chris

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    Frustrating as it is dealing with issues like this, I'd kick GMK until they do the right thing - which I am confident they will do if kicked in the right place. This is what consumer protection legislation is for.

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    Certainly doesn't look like Sako promotional photos. Surely that's unfinished. It looks like it came from Screwfix for a tenner. Good luck with it.

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    I know Rigby phosphate their lower end rifles, they may be worth an ask.
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    Diy.

    Get some phosphoric acid, distilled water, manganese dioxide, wire wool.

    Plenty of instructional vids on YouTube.

    I've done several parts in my time, as everything, preparation is key. But, it is easy to do with minimal gear.

    One thing, you'll want to get the action done too, matching phosphating is nigh on impossible

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    Crap picture, but its a previously rusty tikka 595 bolt. First attempt, but thats zinc phosphated, so more grey than manganese phosphated.

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    Compared to a std phosphate TRG bolt

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    I would be inclined to paint it. I have a spare new 308 barrel for my TRG and it's no different to your example.

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