Wondering if anyone has previously rust blued a rifle? I am getting ready to do so and am confused by all the information that is out there. This is where I am at...I plan to remove all of the old blue on the rifle until I have bare metal all around. My confusion begins here. I understand that my finish will be only as good as my prep work. Some say to polish the metal smooth as glass, others say to stop at 320 grit in order to give the metal some "grain" to hold the new blue. I don't mind polishing at all. In fact, when working with guns my biggest problem is knowing when to stop. I could tell you a story about a destroyed Citori butt stock........ Any feedback about rust bluing would be appreciated. I am going to use Brownells Classic Rust Blue. And by the way, I am restocking this rifle too (with maple). I have been searcing for certain tool shapes and other supplies to use for inletting and was having a heck of a time. I accidently found an online art supply store and the rest is history. Oil-free steel wood etc. The best find was a kit of linoleum knives that allow me to cut cut small wood shavings while inletting. This set up allows me to pull the tool towards me for better control of what I am doing. Darnedest thing. The cost of this tool set was a whopping $6.95.