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Remington 870 with some shallow rust pitting (left side of picture). will re-bluing be able to cover this up or any other suggestions would be appreciated
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Rebluing doesn't cover pitting. It would need to be sanded enough to remove the pits, THEN reblued, but that should be doable. However, you're probably looking at 200-300 bucks.
 

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I would imagine that most gunsmiths would (or should) polish those shallow pits out before re-bluing. I had an old Win M12 shooter re-blued and, without having to say anything to the smith, he polished the blemishes off of it before re-bluing.
 

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Are you considering rebluing this 870 or just wondering what can be done? The gun should work just fine and it was designed to be a tool, not a showpiece. I’ve seen people improve things to the point of disaster. I’m just saying be careful so you don’t buy damage.
Good luck either way.
 

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If you are just going for protection of the finish, then a cerakote finish will do that and for less $s than a proper polish/reblue.

However, as It0026 has indicated, it will not get any worse if you keep it properly covered with a good oil after each use.

 
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