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Unread 05-20-2018, 10:56 AM   #1
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I know this has been discussed, but can't seem to get the search option to work on my tablet, but who would I contact to have a set of barrels refinished? What would be the estimated costs? I have the barrels out right now, but it seems the individual isn't too eager to get to the job and I would like to have them done before October and at the rate its going seems unlikely its going to happen where they are now. Please feel free to PM me with any experience or opinions!
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Check out parkerguns.org faq link. The first faq might give you a pointer or two.
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Bill Graham does great work in the cooler months

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Bill Graham does great work in the cooler months
Thanks Keith. Very kind. Cooler months works out better. The workspace is not climate controlled, and summer in NC is too hot and humid to have good enough control on the process for consistent results. There are other guys around the forums who do better work anyway.
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I use a damp cabinet to get consistent temperatures and humidity for rusting. It's not necessary but I did it so I could get better control and consistency over the process. I took an old cabinet with doors and stripped out the shelves. I hung a 70 watt bulb at the top and place a hot plate with a coffee carafe on the bottom. When rusting, I turn on the light for heat and keep the hot plate on low and just heat the water enough so some stem comes off. I get about 85% humidity which is perfect for rusting. Higher humidity will cause dark blue spots to form ruining the process.

It takes about four hours to get the degree of rusting I am looking for. I used to rust around the clock, setting my alarm to wake me every four hours during the night. I no longer do that and just rust during the day.
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Hi Tom. My issue is not with the rusting process, it’s with my shop (aka garage) not being climate controlled, and the NC humidity and temperatures this time of year.
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Oh, I see Bill. It's not the barrels but your personal comfort that you are concerned with. I think you pamper yourself too much. Always remember, Meridan can get hot and humid in the summer. And, as far as I know, the Parker factory wasn't climate controlled and yet they kept at finishing those Damascus barrels. Men were men back in those days.

I’m counting on you to help me so we can come up with a repeatable consistent process. No slacking off please. The way I see it is you have two choices. Either you can man up or you can move north to the promised land, New England. Every thing is better in New England. You’ll love it. Quaint towns, beautiful mountains filled with grouse, gorgeous trout streams and men who are real men. We Yankees are a hardy bunch. The same bloodlines that beat you guys down in the big war between the states. Come on up Bill. You can get here from there. As far as I know, the wall Trump is talking about is on the Mexican border not on the Mason Dixon line. Yankees are always glad to take in refugees from the South.
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No one ever retired and moved north
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Heck, I know at least one Mills. I just retired and I am moving north from Maryland to the promised land. I will no longer be a part time resident but a full time citizen of glorious New England. To celebrate the occasion, I plan on firing a 10 shot salute to the north with a lifter 10 bore. I might even load it with black powder to enhance the experience.


Who knows, I might start a trend.
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