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    Here?s some pictures of the rust I?m talking about, it doesn?t look like rust unless you really get some good light on it, otherwise it just looks like old pitting.
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    Looks like the 3$ guages go up by 5 thousandths and the ones that go by 1 thousandths cost 16$ each so if I need to try .577,.578 .579 .580 would cost more than 60$
    Looks like there is some light pitting there also any good way to something into the pitting to remove the rust in it?
    Would need to look at mine. Not sure it was.60.for.that set but I hage spent some money as I also.did 30.cal.50 cal.54.cal.58 cal and 69..
    You get out what you put in. I also did.in the range of dies and also.sizers.
    I dont see a reason to buy a .5755 and so on.
    What I did was get .575 plus and minus 576 plus and minus up to 580 if I recall.
    So about 10 to 14 pin gauges for say 58 cal. They were 2.40 to 3$ each so about 40$. If you take care of them they will.last a lifetime. Most the time I pull them out I get a few free beers or few $$ for helping but never ask.
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    BTW for rust or the likes. Plug the nipple and fill with balistol or use Kroil on a patch and keep it wet for several days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MR. GADGET View Post
    BTW for rust or the likes. Plug the nipple and fill with balistol or use Kroil on a patch and keep it wet for several days.
    The bore is actually spotless on this rifle, just trying to get the outer rust to go away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nd1887 View Post
    The bore is actually spotless on this rifle, just trying to get the outer rust to go away.
    Super fine SS steel wool 5/0 or 6/0 and lots of oil and little to no pressure.
    That is the best way to knock off the rust, blend it in and make it look better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maillemaker View Post
    For a typical 58 caliber gun you would probably be served fine with pin gauges in:

    .575 - https://www.travers.com/class-zz-pin-gage/p/58-205-750/
    .576 - https://www.travers.com/class-zz-pin-gage/p/58-205-760/
    .577 - https://www.travers.com/class-zz-pin-gage/p/58-205-770/
    .578 - https://www.travers.com/class-zz-pin-gage/p/58-205-780/
    .579 - https://www.travers.com/class-zz-pin-gage/p/58-205-790/
    .580 - https://www.travers.com/class-zz-pin-gage/p/58-205-800/

    Here is a link to all of them, as minus gauges. A minus gauge will fit into the hole the gauge is marked. A plus will not.

    They are $3.65 each and all of the above come to $21.90, plus shipping. I just ordered a set and shipping was about $15.

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    Dang guys! that is perfect and thanks for all the responses,Got the steel wool out seems to work good on the little bit of heavy rust but does nothing on the rust in the pitting.
    Who makes the best caps, Caps will be important for me as I am left handed and dont want crappy ones that will blow the wings off.
    Best place to buy black powder online? looked in town but nobody carries the actual black powder.

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    Yep what he said is spot on. Those gauges are about all you need. I picked the plus and minus just to have a closer range.

    But from what I remember,.check McMaster Carr, everytime I used them they would beat everyones shipping,.base price and have it in two days.

    Not saying they are now, not going to check and link them all on my phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nd1887 View Post
    Dang guys! that is perfect and thanks for all the responses,Got the steel wool out seems to work good on the little bit of heavy rust but does nothing on the rust in the pitting.
    Who makes the best caps, Caps will be important for me as I am left handed and dont want crappy ones that will blow the wings off.
    Best place to buy black powder online? looked in town but nobody carries the actual black powder.
    Make sure it is SS. If not it will just rust more and spread the rust.

    Really Fargo? Really?

    I grew up in Jamestown, back in the 70's.
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    Wonder what USPS would do if I sent you a flat rate ship anything anywhere box?

    Some powder, primers, and test bullets.......

    I know, I know......

    But I will not add a return address....... they will not know it is me...
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