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Old 10-16-2017, 12:25 AM   #1
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Default Dan Wesson 15-2 .357mag

So I have a sickness very similar to the Mosin Nagant and AK47 flu. I bought my 2nd Dan Wesson model 15-2 .357 mag this one with a 4"bbl revolver. It's in to say it lightly, pretty shitty condition. It has some pitting going on. Once I receive it I will be able to better assess the situation. If I can save it I have some wiggle room since I will only have $175 in it. It most likely will need a cylinder and refinish job and I'm going to assume all new springs. I'll get some pics up soon so you all can get a better look at what I've got myself into. From the "snake gun" thread I got the black nitride finish in my mind now for this Dan Wesson. Combat grip and Black should look pretty sweet. If I can make it all come together for $400 or less then I'm good to go.
I believe with pitting that some serious polishing out will lower the surface of the metal and then once reblued will stick out like a sore thumb. A parkerized finish might be an idea along with manganese phosphate (think ar15).
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:47 AM   #2
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Post some pics ,maybe a good deal, may not be.
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:00 PM   #3
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duracoat or other gun coating might hide the pitting, but it wont restore the gun's value except to you..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp4c6bMu5dY
durafill - duracoat example ^

perhaps to have it bead blasted and then coated depending on the depth of the pitting

and maybe use duraBlue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFIv2OoclsI&t=4s
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:25 PM   #4
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I'm not worried about value with this project queen. Just safe usable functionality that doesn't look like a basket case which is it's current state. I got it cheap enough, I think.
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Old 10-25-2017, 02:00 AM   #5
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Here she is. From info ive found on the net its a first year of production for the 15-2 made in 1975. Most if not all of the rust can probably be removed. Its the pitting left behind thats the problem. Im thinking refinish with something similar to remingtons express matte black or something along the lines of parkerizing. Im looking for a flat black color and maybe even a texture to the surface. Probably going to need to replace the cylinder and all springs at the min. These Dan Wessons reproduce like Mosins do! Im already after my 3rd. Ill need to get a pic of my first one rockin a 6" bbl. Its going to the woods with me next month so I can get my first ever pistol deer hunt in.



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That poor wee Bairn... Soak in Evap-O-Rust then abrasive blast it. That should blend in most of the minor pits. Not much you can do for the deeper ones. Then manganese park.
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Old 10-25-2017, 03:20 PM   #7
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That poor wee Bairn... Soak in Evap-O-Rust then abrasive blast it. That should blend in most of the minor pits. Not much you can do for the deeper ones. Then manganese park.
Agreed. I'd buy it for that price too. A little blasting/refinishing and I'd bet it's still a very solid wheel gun.
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sometimes the cylinder will rust worse under the topstrap...I saw one so bad I was worried about shooting out of that cylinder hole
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That's a model 14. Model 15 had adjustable rear sight.

Lot's of elbow grease and you have a shooter there.

No matter what you do, it will never be a show piece.
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Old 10-25-2017, 09:02 PM   #10
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That's a model 14. Model 15 had adjustable rear sight.

Lot's of elbow grease and you have a shooter there.

No matter what you do, it will never be a show piece.
Indeed it is a model 14. The one I already have is a 15-2 (non porkchop barrel shroud) with adjustable sights. The model 15(aka 15-1) has the porkchop shroud.
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