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Colt Frontier Scout help.

TugarTugar Senior MemberPosts: 2,204 Senior Member
Offered to take a look at it. Completely serviceable, but needs cosmetic assistance. Not really sure of the value and I'd like options for them.
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,204 Senior Member
    Adding that I will check with the owner. I don't think she is expecting miracles. The rust on the cylinder and barrel are getting bad. Was thinking steel wool to remove what I can and then some form of protection. Wanted to check with the board first for the wealth of knownledge. No shadetree gunsmithing if I can avoid it.
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  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 6,410 Senior Member
    Rust that bad, I would get a "stainless steel pot scrubber" think steel wood on steroids. It won't take the blueing but it will remove the rust. Use liberal amounts of oil G96, CLP, remoil ect and scub the ugly out of it! Then cold blue " black magic" works ok.
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  • calebibcalebib Senior Member Posts: 1,701 Senior Member
    I doubt you'll get all the rust off with steel wool. Once it gets to that point I generally have to step up to emery cloth. That will of course necessitate a re-blue. As for value, in 100% they're worth under $600 or so, as it is I'd give maybe $100 for it.
  • Ranch13Ranch13 Senior Member Posts: 820 Senior Member
    Check and see if any of the local parts houses or implement dealers sells Zep Reserve. If they do take the grips off and spray the thing down good, prop a cleaning rod up so the Zep doesn't bleed off onto a counter top etc, let it set and repeat in a 1/2 hour or so, then wipe down with a shop towel, repeat until the Zep undercuts all the rust. It will leave what ever blue is in place, and will preserve the exposed metal a bit.
  • HvyMaxHvyMax Senior Member Posts: 1,786 Senior Member
    Ranch13 wrote: »
    Check and see if any of the local parts houses or implement dealers sells Zep Reserve. If they do take the grips off and spray the thing down good, prop a cleaning rod up so the Zep doesn't bleed off onto a counter top etc, let it set and repeat in a 1/2 hour or so, then wipe down with a shop towel, repeat until the Zep undercuts all the rust. It will leave what ever blue is in place, and will preserve the exposed metal a bit.

    This is probably the best to preserve it with some bronze wool thrown in towards the end. If you are going full refinish then the sky's the limit.
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    calebib wrote: »
    I doubt you'll get all the rust off with steel wool. Once it gets to that point I generally have to step up to emery cloth. That will of course necessitate a re-blue. As for value, in 100% they're worth under $600 or so, as it is I'd give maybe $100 for it.

    Wow, I turned one down at a K-mart in FLA for $80 bucks back in the 80s the night before I flew for another tour in Germany.............my reasoning was my pistol case was full............Mrs Chief wuz telling me to go ahead and it get it fer that price............I probably could have squeezed it in or left it with a relative in hind sight.

    Are those like the older Ruger S Six where you load 5 and not one under the hammer??
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,005 Senior Member
    DuraCoat or Alumahyde!!!


    Just joking.... sorta.

    I'd look at picking it up for just over $100, stop the rust and shoot the heck out of it. You can always refinish later
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,204 Senior Member
    Thanks guys. This was more of an assessment, but it does have sentimental value for the owner.

    Good news is the barrel itself is just dirty and the rust hasn't gotten too far into the cylinder proper, just a very light bit near the ends of the chamber holes. Bad news is the surface rust is starting to go deep and if it were mine, I would just sand blast it clean.
    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
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  • ilove22silove22s Senior Member Posts: 1,355 Senior Member
    its hard to tell where the rust is.

    but the ejector rod housing can be replaced. same for the hammer, but its common for the hammers to develop rust on the sides depending on how bad you want to remove the rusting use flitz or try others, but chances are you will still see evidence (coloring/staining) of rust on the hammer.

    The cylinder can be replaced too, but @ 100+ bucks if you can find one.

    if you want one as a shooter, i would check out chambers and bore and go from there and would offer accordingly. as far as the rust goes i would just try to remove as much and keep it in check. not much else you can do w/o replacing parts and then you will be into more $$$.

    the frame (F series) is aluminum with a epoxy finish so no rust there.
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