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Very Rusty Colt SAA

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by V-Tach, Mar 13, 2019.


    OLDVET Well-Known

    Dec 14, 2009
    Richardson, Texas
    Do you know the definition of "expert"?
    X is an unknown factor in a math equation.
    Spurt is a drip under pressure.
    An expert is an unknown drip under pressure.

    Deemus, you know me. I try to give realistic everyday opinions in my offerings.

    I have seen serious Colt SAA collectors pass on guns that I thought were great. A "collectible" firearm has to damn near be in original factory condition with the original box and paperwork, before a serious collector will bite.
    Those of us that aren't willing in invest the large sums of cash required to own a "Collectible firearm" settle for firearms of lessor quality and condition.
    No hard feelings, but this SAA is worth about $0. It would make a great desk top paper weight. Certainly not $1K .

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  2. ZX9RCAM

    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

    May 14, 2008
    The Woodlands, Tx.
    Or good shape, and very rare....
  3. skfullen

    skfullen In the woods... TGT Supporter

    OR, have a historically significant and demonstrable provenance.

    I've been watching antique road show!
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  4. karlac

    karlac Gone fishin' ... TGT Supporter Lifetime Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    WestU, TX
    Depending upon what a "lot" is, just keep in mind the old white vinegar treatment.

    A week standing in a small container of 50% WV, as a test, did this to the rust at the muzzle of this shotgun barrel, which was much worse than what you see in the remainder of the barrel:

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    Just FWIW ...
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  5. deemus

    deemus TGT Addict

    Feb 1, 2010
    Very similar to what I have used to treat rusted metal in the past. It basically converts the rust back to steel.
  6. benenglish

    benenglish Lifetime Supporter Staff Member Lifetime Member Admin

    Nov 22, 2011
    If it were mine, I would do all sorts of things that would destroy any collector value. I might wind up with an interesting display piece.

    If someone asked me to work on it and they actually believe it has value, I'd turn down the job as gracefully as possible. Unless they've got a factory letter and other unimpeachable documentation that makes this thing historically significant, for the rest of their lives everyone they talk to will tell them that it's worthless. Every time they hear that, they'll blame that incompetent jerk who agreed to work on it and ruined it. Human nature can be stupid like that.

    After all, the owner is already delusional. This... proof of that and would be enough to scare me away. How many stories have all of us heard about an old family (or otherwise-sourced) piece with a connection to the Rangers? Those stories are BS, 100% of the time. However, once they become a part of family folklore, people will view everything that happens around that piece through a reality distortion field that preserves the notion that the piece is some special, valuable, historical artifact.

    It looks like a no-win situation to me.

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  7. V-Tach

    V-Tach TGT Addict Forum Sponsor

    Sep 30, 2012
    Thanks for the insight, suggestions and comments......haven't decided exactly what to do have given me some fat to chew on.....
  8. Texasjack

    Texasjack TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Jan 3, 2010
    Occupied Texas
    Oxalic acid (hardware store) will do a good job of removing rust without etching the steel. Rinse very, very well afterwards and treat with antirust spray or oil. WD40 also makes a rust remover that is supposed to work pretty well.
  9. oldag

    oldag TGT Addict

    Feb 19, 2015
    It can help remove rust, but it does not covert iron oxide back to the original steel.
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  10. oldag

    oldag TGT Addict

    Feb 19, 2015
    The degree/depth of pitting will not be known until the rust is removed.

    I refinished some pretty rusty guns decades ago when I did gunsmith work. Only one that did not turn out to be a shooter was a severely pitted shotgun. Barrel wall was just too thin. Stopped work after getting all the rust removed and measuring pit depth. Told the owner it was not safe.

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