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Nice little steutzen in the wood Gene; nice thing about the easy change stocks is that you can go either way, choice of the day.
I feel your pain abut the wide groups at distance (found I have glaucoma in the end of last Dec; explains my misses better.....). Still, a hit is a hit/good score even up closer!
Are you gonna try bluing yourself?
I... I probably will try to do it with cold blue. That's why it hasn't been done yet. I'm a little ​afraid I will mess it up so I keep putting it off. Some day I'll do it.
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Nice outfit!

I wouldn't worry about trying the cold blue. Just get something good and follow the instructions. If it doesn't turn out like you want it's not that hard to strip it down and start over. And if all else fails you can always use something like Duracoat.
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Spruce is right on, Gene!
The prep is the most important, just like with a paint job; super clean to start, multiple wash downs with cleaner (I use lacquer thinner) wearing those throw away gloves and heat the metal. A heat gun, propane torch or even over the gas cook stove burner using a through the barrel dowel for you to hang on to gets it to a soft sizzle temp for the big mop of 'cold blue'. A check of the I-net will tell you what people have had good luck with. Multiple coats smooths the color out and the worst that can happen is you dont like it and after some reconsideration pay somebody big bucks to do it over ('sometime' later).
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Nice work!! I've blued a couple barrels using Belgian Blue, Brownell's and Midway both carry it, all you need is a tank of hot water, I used a section of galvanized gutter on the BBQ, takes several applications with carding between, but it provides and very nice finish, better than any cold blue I've ever done.

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many many years ago, a buddy and I get our hands on 4 Gevarm .22 parts guns, enough to build two complete rifles.

on my barrel, we cold blued it sitting at his kitchen table.

We had NO IDEA what we were doing, just followed the instructions on the bottle of bluing from our local hardware store. Probably Birchwood Casey

I remember, we steel wooled it until is was nearly white, then wiped it with something (I seem to remember starting ether), then blued it, steel wool 0000.... blue.... steel wool... blue.... I think we put on about 7-8 coats.

My brothers thought it was a new barrel when we were done.

that was in 1979. I sold that rifle about 5 years ago! for a semi auto, it was very accurate and FUNNNNN in full auto mode!

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I am inspired thanks to you Gene! I have all the bits to put together a classic carbine style handi laying around and am now certain to do so. I am very curious about getting the barrel blued as I have a case colored SB2 for it. Please share if you do it, or where you have it done. Mine will be a combo 20g with .357 insert until I can get a .357 barrel built.

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I am inspired thanks to you Gene! I have all the bits to put together a classic carbine style handi laying around and am now certain to do so. I am very curious about getting the barrel blued as I have a case colored SB2 for it. Please share if you do it, or where you have it done. Mine will be a combo 20g with .357 insert until I can get a .357 barrel built.
I'm still thinking my way thru it. gene
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I have had good luck with the Birchwood Casey Super Blue. As other said before, prep and clean the barrel well and use some heat. I put the lug in a vise and then use a screw on propane torch to heat the barrel. Apply, let it cool and clean it with a damp rag, then heat and apply again. Finally, oil the heck out of it after the final clean up and let it soak in the oil for a day or so before giving it another good wipe down.



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I have had good luck with the Birchwood Casey Super Blue. As other said before, prep and clean the barrel well and use some heat. I put the lug in a vise and then use a screw on propane torch to heat the barrel. Apply, let it cool and clean it with a damp rag, then heat and apply again. Finally, oil the heck out of it after the final clean up and let it soak in the oil for a day or so before giving it another good wipe down.
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Thanks, I have an unopened Birchwood Casey Super Blue kit that has been sitting around for several years. I'll have to get it out and try it.
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