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Old 06-05-2015, 07:48 AM   #1
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BSA Martini MKII Restoration/Project #1 Start to finish account!

I have gotten A LOT of great feedback on this as I have posted this on several other forums... Its been a while since I have over here so I figured I would share this project! This rifle was actually the first Martini I picked up and because of its incredible accuracy, I wanted to make sure I did it justice! Its a full length MKII!

This project is complete! The metal was all prepped and blued by me locally. The lever and trigger were cased at Classic Gun in Crete

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Here is pictures of me starting to strip the bluing off the rifle.... I have already taken the action out and applied the Naval Jelly.... It gets pretty nasty so, dont be like me, wear gloves.









Sanding and brushing with 0000 Steel wool to get the crap that wouldn't come off with only the naval jelly







Almost there!!




Bluing is almost all stripped off












First bit of sanding on the receiver. I started with 320 on this one, as stated in the OP, its was not terribly pitted but, it is still a lot of hard tedious work sanding and checking to make sure its 100% perfect. The prep is most important when flat sanding and bluing.

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Now that the bluing is off, I can start to polish the barrel and receiver! This is wet sanded to 400! You can see that it is already looking good! If you look at the vice you can clearly see where I stopped sanding... pretty big difference!








Putting a bunch of oil on the barrel for sanding and to prevent the start of rust. You can see where I have not started sanding and what has had a quick run over on it.






Cross sanding at 400... tedious, tedious work...




Once you start polishing is when you start seeing damage on metal... the higher the grit, the more you will see. The only way to get the pits out is start over from your lowest grit, SAND... then cross sand until those marks are gone.. and so on. When minor imperfects pop up... START OVER






Receiver is looking good! Its pretty much done and ready to blue (tomorrow)






Same goes for the trigger guard, those are not pits, and that not bluing... I have oil on it so photos are not perfect.





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Now that the bluing is off, I can start to polish the barrel and receiver! This is wet sanded to 400! You can see that it is already looking good! If you look at the vice you can clearly see where I stopped sanding... pretty big difference!








Putting a bunch of oil on the barrel for sanding and to prevent the start of rust. You can see where I have not started sanding and what has had a quick run over on it.






Cross sanding at 400... tedious, tedious work...




Once you start polishing is when you start seeing damage on metal... the higher the grit, the more you will see. The only way to get the pits out is start over from your lowest grit, SAND... then cross sand until those marks are gone.. and so on. When minor imperfects pop up... START OVER






Receiver is looking good! Its pretty much done and ready to blue (tomorrow)






Same goes for the trigger guard, those are not pits, and that not bluing... I have oil on it so photos are not perfect.





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Laying out the parts getting ready to hand for blue










Bluing is DONE





















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Laying out the parts getting ready to hand for blue










Bluing is DONE





















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Case Color is DONE!!!









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And now........ THE Finished project! This is actually for the first full restore I have ever done start to finish... I would say it is without a doubt one of the best BSA Martini MKII's I have ever seen! All thoughts, feedback, and opinions are obviously welcome! This restoration would not have been possible without the help of a few very good friends of mine... Who I consider family at this point. Thanks to my "Brother" Brandan Bunker of Bunker Arms who guided me along the way with the metal prep! "Uncle" Spiro Patros & John Phillips of PPK Firearm Restorations who let me use their bluing tanks and assisted in the bluing process, They guys over at Classic guns for the Case Coloring, and "Uncle" Rik Mitchell who is a master gunsmith, woodworker, etc...

I would recommend all of them in a heart beat and I think the work speaks for itself! If ANYONE has questions or needs contact information, done hesitate to ask!

Shout out to the members of this forum who helped answer questions (Rapid),




























I have gotten a few PM's asking A few more pics of the full rifle! Enjoy













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Recap of the entire project!


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Thanks for looking guys, feel free to comment or question... Ill try to answer any/all questions in a timely manner...
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