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    Posted: July 23 2010 at 5:22pm
Ok so after a 'few' hours work I have completed the restoration on my Number 5. Bear in mind I didn't want the high gloss blue look on the metal work, I've tried to keep it as original as possible to maintain the "Just got her out of the armoury for a day at the range" look. Anyway the pictures say it all really. Out to the range tomorrow to sight her in.
 
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I'd say its a bit of an improvement. Big smile
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Hell yeah!!
I agree, a definate improvement
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This is what I had to deal with.  Black paint LOTS of it! Grease from 1945 I'm sure and gunge accumulated since this old girl was sold off.
 
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Great Job!
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Well done sir!
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Originally posted by .303 .303 wrote:

This is what I had to deal with.  Black paint LOTS of it!

Although that was the rifle's original finish.
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Not too sure about the paint on this rifle being original seeing as it obscured the serial number on the left of the receiver.  Leads me to believe that she's most likey copped a coat of paint when she was sporterised.
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Nope, Beerhunter is right.
The black paint was called suncorite and was the finish used on most British No4 and No5 rifles.
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Originally posted by Lithgow Lithgow wrote:

Nope, Beerhunter is right.
The black paint was called suncorite and was the finish used on most British No4 and No5 rifles.
...and on my #1 MkIII* that was FTRd in 1953. That is some tough stuff for paint.
 
How'd you get it off, and what did you use to refinish yours?
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Yeah its the original finish. It's what my no.5 has on it. I like the look of it personally. It's very tough stuff too.

Your restoration is quite the improvement on what it used to be. Good job.
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Yep I've got a No.4 and No.5 with it on it.  That stuff is amazing how it stands up.
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Originally posted by .303 .303 wrote:

Ok so after a 'few' hours work I have completed the restoration on my Number 5. Bear in mind I didn't want the high gloss blue look on the metal work, I've tried to keep it as original as possible to maintain the "Just got her out of the armoury for a day at the range" look. Anyway the pictures say it all really. Out to the range tomorrow to sight her in.
 
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I'd say its a bit of an improvement. Big smile
 
The after pic is the best, nicely done.
 
 
 
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303,

i like how your no. 5 came out...i'm waiting for mine to be delivered.

i have a couple of no. 4 mk 1s that were clean when i got them, but i've taken an ishapore from "in-storage" shape to usable...not even my mosins were as bad, so it sghouldn't be too hard.

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congrats - thats a fine job puttin her back in good nick 
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That's a very nice rifle.  Thanks for posting the pictures.
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