Trigger guard tang, floor plate, top lever & pin can all be polished up & hot blued. Hardly anyone that I know who restores English guns for a living charcoal or furnace blues the "bits" anymore, at least none of the restorers of english gun that I know do.
Hot bluing is more economical, its extremely durable and if the bluer/blacker changes salts often enough and the parts are polished properly and to the right grit....the results will be excellent and more importantly.....look proper.
Damascus barrels (on English guns) very obviously should be browned.
Action pins (hammer and sear) pins should be left polished and in the white.
Floor plate pins, either blacked like the floor plate/trigger guard or fire blued.
The case colors should be more on the blue and straw end, proper english colors should not have pinks or orange hues in them.
parts that were cased...action, forend iron, and trigger plate, possibly even the triggers. Forend iron pins would look nice fire blued. Forend parts (hammers, etc) should be left in the white and highly polished.
Last edited by LeFusil; 09/04/12 12:40 PM.