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It depends on what finished effect you want. Most commercial polishers use successively finer grits at an angle to the last polishing to remove all tool marks, blemishes, etc.
YUou can also gain the same effect by using wetordry in successively finer grits from 320 to 600, if you want to go that far.
On the other hand, many NM hard slides from the 60's had swirl marks from contact with a disc sander, and Luger pistols always had tool marks that had been dulled by tumbling in sawdust.
Just remember that if a mark shows before blueing, it will show after blueing or refinishing, with the exception of some spray on finishes that somewhat negate the marks.
 

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polishing a slide

I have found over the years that the best way to polish a slide and/or receiver is to use a piece of rubber mat with ribs every 3/16 in or so. They are usually available in hardware stores. The secret of this method is that you polish all over with each pass, not only the high spots first. When you get down to 220 wet or dry you shold have a very nice surface. You may not have an absolute flat surface but the end product will be fine.
 
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