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    Tapped holes in receiver

    Hi guys, I have an action that has Ben tapped for a scope rail. Anyhow I'd like them to be plugged welded smoothed off and the action reblued refinished. Anyone have any recommendations for a Smith for this work?

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    Yea thanks I've watched those so I knows it's possible to do, but I wouldnt trust myself to have a go at bluing a rifle
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    any gunsmith can do the repair. You would have to reblue the complete receiver though, as opposed to a match-up with cold blue.

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    Tried Alan Carr but he wasn't keen on it.
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    Just fill them with plug screws.
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    That was suggested but it really needs to go back to its former glory.
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    I would be worried about matching the filler to the receiver material. Even through bluing you'll end up with dots. Seems like a TIG job to me (brief local heat).

    If you found some f*ing tight fit grub screws, cut them close and file them flush you'd get an almost-invisible fix.

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    Another method much practiced in the US is to fill the hole with a screw (one that you know takes blue) of the correct thread and then gently preen the head to completely fill the hole. Correctly done this will make an invisible repair. Dave Ward used this method on an Oberndorf Mauser original sporting rifle he did up for me.

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    Here are some before and after pics using the above method. Thought I'd give it a go. Was planning on parkerizing or some form of coating so should hopefully be invisible once finished.

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    What is that? M1903?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tentman View Post
    Another method much practiced in the US is to fill the hole with a screw (one that you know takes blue) of the correct thread and then gently preen the head to completely fill the hole. Correctly done this will make an invisible repair. Dave Ward used this method on an Oberndorf Mauser original sporting rifle he did up for me.
    That's what I'm hoping for, mine Is a k98 mauser full wood so hopefully something that can be done. Care to put up some pics of your fix. By any chance?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnus View Post
    What is that? M1903?
    Yes, it has been sporterised, so its getting a new barrel and stock and will one day be a USMC M1941 clone.

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    One of the problems with using an appropriate sized screw and then dressing it off to match the receiver, is that no matter how hard you try, you will always see a semi circle of missing thread. That method as shown by NZShoota is an excellent way of making it virtually invisible - nice job. I have also seen it done after the hole has been slightly countersunk to remove a tiny bit of the thread and to tidy up any swelling left from when it was tapped. Think they use a drill with a 45 degree point rather than the usual off the shelf drill bit.

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    Try Cobus at GuntechNZ, he is in Gore. He specializes in custom and fine detail work
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