I have an OLD Marlin 1894 lever action that was my great-grandma's rifle. After I inherited it from my dad, I set about restoring it to working condition. It is now in working condition. I've replaced a handfull of broken/missing screws, replaced springs and had the barrel relined. I now need to work on the finish of the receiver & barrel. At some point in my families history, somebody used black spray paint on the receiver & barrel. That paint is now flaking off. I want to strip it down and refinish. I really don't want to have to send it off to a smith to have the work done, as money is really tight right now. I see my options as: Blued (prolly would send off to a smith) Case hardened coloring (would have to send to smith) Gun Kote (need somthing to "bake" the barrel in to harden the finish) Duracoat (don't have to "bake") This will not be a safe queen, at least once I can find a supply of bullets & cases to start loading it. The caliber is .25-20, a fun shooter. I managed to keep a 2.5" group at 25yards after getting the barrel relined. I'll try to get some pics tonight of how the rifle looks and post them up. Using the s/n I found that the rifle was manufactured in 1897. Thanks in advance.