Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:44 am
Well I stopped at my local gun shop looking for a summer project. The goal was to find a rifle to strip down literally to bare wood and shiny metal then refinish the wood and reblue it. Well as a Colt man( dont hit the monitor and yell at me yet) I was not aware of what a Model 8 was until I got home. This one SN 55xx had maybe 20% blueing, a need for the wood to be cleaned but not necessarily stripped and sanded if it hurts the value and decades of grime under the forestock. So now the question- clean it and keep it as is then go back and get the Model 14 also a 35Rem caliber and use that as the project or go ahead and refinish this one as there is not a lot of value in it in the first place other than the fun of having and shooting a Model 8.