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Posted by John on Saturday, 30 July 2011, at 6:10 p.m., in response to Re: H&R OFFICERS MODEL SERIAL DATE?, posted by Steve on Friday, 29 July 2011, at 2:16 p.m.

Steve- You may want to check out the "rust blue" process which is basically what SA originally used to blue ("brown") the barrels, but it will work on all the parts.

Basically you clean the metal bright, then degrease it and wipe on the rust blue solution and let it sit for a while (preferably in a high humidity area). After a while you gently remove the surface rusting with an extra fine wire brush or steel wool. It will look scary, sort of splotchy brownish color, but don't panic. Repeat the wiping with chemicals and remove the rust process several more times (maybe 6 or so) then after the final time "kill" the rusting process by rinsing with lots of boiling water and you will have a great blued finish.

If you don't like the results you can always polish it bright again.

Brownells and other places offer various "rust blue" chemicals, with full instructions.

It is not hard, just time consuming, but the results are usually very nice, and cost is very modest- far less than a gunsmith will charge for dipping a gun in a tank of hot blue which will look ugly forever.


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