DIY Rifle Camouflage….

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This instructible is based on my latest camo job on a Ruger M77 25-06 long-range hunting rifle.

If you’re looking for instructions on dis-and-reassembly, I’d prefer you consult either your owner’s manual, or a reputable source, as I know only my weapons, and limit my expertise to what I own.

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So….without further ado, if you please……CLICK-IT!!!!….I meant the “Next Step” button….

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First, after familiarizing yourself with your weapon, its assembly requirements, and assuring that it has no ammunition onboard…….remove any accessories (scopes, lasers, tac-lights, etc.) and set them aside.

For this, a bolt action rifle, I removed the bolt assy, as it wil not get any paint on it, and also removed the barrel/breech assy from the stock….

After disassy, clean EVERYTHING with some brake parts cleaner……yes-everything…..it dries fast and strips ALL grime from the surfaces to be painted….

Step 2: Materials…

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Next I arranged my materials…I choose brake parts cleaner because it absolutely strips all goo from any metal and dries pretty fast; Krylon ultra-flat camo paint because it’s basically the toughest sh*t in a can; Acrylic, flat clear coat for extra durabiliy and super low-gloss. Choose your colors assuming your AO environment, and stay away from black….it rarely occurs in nature and is pretty easily spotted. Since I wanted a forest break-up pattern, I chose khaki for my base, brown for layer 2, and dark green for foliage layer 3.

Step 3: Masking and Suspension….

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Picture of Masking and Suspension....

Step 4: Base Coat and Stencil Prep……

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Picture of Base Coat and Stencil Prep......

I put 4 base coats (in khaki) on everything, stock, barrel, scope, magazine trap, trigger guard….Then I went to cutting stencils for layers 2 and 3…I use a disposable straight razor and a pane of glass as my backer-board.

I got my stencil designs online….just google your favorite leaf and pick out some line art…print and cut – you got a free stencil….

Step 5: Layers…..

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Picture of Layers.....
Picture of Layers.....

I used a “stick” stencil and some brown to make “branches”….I just went random and relatively sparse with the layer, to avoid “bundling.”

After applying layer 2, I fogged the whole project lightly with the brown paint, to fuzz it up a bit and darken the overall scheme.

After 15 minutes or so, I went ahead and hit up coat #3 with a leafy stencil and some green….same advice as in the previous layer…..break up, not clutter…

Step 6: Don’t Forget the Details….

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Picture of Don't Forget the Details....

After waiting another hour for the project to cure again, I pilfered my kid’s colored pencils and chose a peach-colored one to add sketch accents to the leaves. They don’t need to be perfect….a sketchy outline actually adds good breakup to the overall pattern….

Step 7: Watch Where You Put That Thing Down!!!

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Step 8: Reassembly and Conclusion…

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Picture of Reassembly and Conclusion...

Well, what can I say? When it’s dry, put it back together, wait about a week for the paint to fully cure, and hit the range to re-zero that scope….

The whole project took about $20, has stood up to Hoppe’s No. 9 powder solvent so far, and I couldn’t be happier with the resuts….

Hope you enjoyed my second “Instructible”.

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