Gun maintenance question for engineers

Discussion in 'General Firearms Discussion' started by Browning 9 Guy, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. Browning 9 Guy

    Browning 9 Guy Premium Supporter Member

    I'm a lawyer, not an engineer, so know absolutely nothing about this particular gun mod question:

    If I'm polishing the bolt on my 223 bolt action rifle, uncluding the lugs, using 2,000 grit, just to give the whole thing a nice mirror shine, will that 2,000 grit remove enough steel to actually change the dimensions? I.e., bolt is suddenly too narrow, lugs too small, bolt face no longer lines up with the cartridge?

    This is probably too dumb a question to post, but any thoughts would be welcome. (Please don't hose me down.)
  2. I would send it to a gunsmith to be jeweled.

  3. Dagwood

    Dagwood Supporting Member

    I would 1) shoot it and 2) enjoy it.
  4. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

    NE Utah
    If you buff it, using a soft tool, with some fine rouge or similar stuff, you won't remove any metal worth mentioning, but it will shine up fine.
  5. greg_r

    greg_r Lifetime Supporter

    Use jeweler rouge. A good tool is actually a pencil eraser.
  6. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

    I'd use a polishing wheel rather then sandpaper.
  7. moona11

    moona11 King of you Monkeys Lifetime Supporter

    Dremel and Flitz.
  8. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Why do you want you to this? What are you trying to accomplish? Is this purely cosmetic or are you wanting to enhance function?

    Peace favor your sword (mobile)
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2014
  9. shepherd321

    shepherd321 Supporting Member

    You will devalue the gun don't do it, better to live with a scratch and touch it up. And any polishing to a bright finish will remove some metal however small.
  10. The short answer is...maybe. It all depends on how much you sand, rub, polish.
    I would answer Kirks response before proceeding, then follow the other recommendations to use steel wool or the like and a polishing compound if you necessary.
  11. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

    NE Utah
    That depends on the gun, the purpose, and the market. Some polished bolts are worth lots of money, and raise the value of a gun, to the right buyers.

    And those of us that don't buy guns for their resale value, but as tools, don't give a care as to the affect on "value", we want function and the looks we desire, no one else's opinion about the appearance matters.;)

    Or it is removing some coating or oxidation, and no metal.

    Or at least, none worth mentioning, as you can't measure it with any tools most of us have. Polishing with rouge (actually "buffing" is the right word) will not cause any issues with the gun's operation. Polishing with 2000 grit (which is actually polishing, and removes metal) could actually do damage, if you kept at it long enough.
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2014
  12. inglwud59

    inglwud59 Member

    Some bolts have a coating for long life to slow down wear,maybe see what's on it first.
  13. 45Man

    45Man Member

    I was a Rocket Scientist. 2000 grit, no problem. Lots of work, good luck.
  14. Mothers Mag Wheel Polish, an old T shirt and a 12Pak I did the slide and barrel of my Taurus and it came out great,
  15. Browning 9 Guy

    Browning 9 Guy Premium Supporter Member

    Thanks for the replies

    Thanks for the feedback, guys. It's only for appearance, and I should have (but didn't) remember Mother's Mag and jeweler s rouge as a better alternative. The rifle is an entry level 223 I plan to hand down to my kids and grand kids.

    This might sound crazy but I sanded the bluing off the barrel and receiver, right down to the carbon steel. It has a nice mirror shine - more bluish than stainless steel - and hasn't rusted at all. Guns need to have some looks, if possible.
  16. Dagwood

    Dagwood Supporting Member

    Pics! Or it never happened
  17. Browning 9 Guy

    Browning 9 Guy Premium Supporter Member

    Pics - help I don't have an up to date cel phone or webcam

    Jeeamageez my cel phone is 12 years old, can't take pics! I'll see if my wife's can! Pics are on the way!
  18. A lawyer without a blackberry?:eek:

    What next? A nerd without an iPhone 12?
  19. mrgreen

    mrgreen Member

    FWIW most standard specs are + or - .003 on tolerances and even on the low end there is a a healthy chunk left until becoming unsafe you will not take off enough to matter with that type of grit
  20. 45Man

    45Man Member

    Cameras are for pics, phones are for talking.