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It is an interesting receiver to look over in the pictures. How ever the effect was achieved, maybe the heat was on the low side for quenching? There is little differentiating of colors between thick and thin areas, pin holes, etc.?

Pretty regularly, gray/black is passed of as case color background, so maybe the effect isn't so bad. I would guess the hope might have been to work more blue color in, and get that deep purple burgundy fade. In any event, there seems to have been some intention, and maybe a pro would have just redone it if it was not perceived as pleasing?

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Every shop I’ve ever worked with could show you what their work would end up looking like. They were quite proud of that.

I think on occasion here, we see barrels that have been refinished, that end up with bronzing, because some alloys just don’t take browning solution the same way as others.

It can be quite frustrating to the barrel refinisher

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What does it look like in the hidden spots, i.e. watertable, bottom of forend iron? Same bronze?


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If you hot blue a color cased part it will come out oddly colored.

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Thanks for all of your input. The finish looks uniformly bronze including watertable and forend iron. I don't dislike it I was just wondering about it since I hadn't ever seen anything similar. I will try some solvent in one of the hidden areas and see if anything changes.

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You might also try a file in a hidden location and see if it particularly hard as it would be if case colored.


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Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe today at least, there are two different ways of coloring a receiver. One is "color case hardening", and the other is just " case coloring " . How the second is done, I'm not sure of. My friend uses bluing and browning solutions, bluing solutions cut in half with water, and so on. He doesn't clean the receiver, and dabs it on with his finger, wipes it dry when he gets the color he wants. Sometimes depending on the amount the steel is still hard he gets very good results. Other times not so. This I believe is not what I was trying to describe in the beginning.

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