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I have a few spots on my Mini that need a little re-blueing. Can anyone suggest a certain product that matches the current finish, or is all blueing the same? :usa:
 

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Let me tell you a little story about a man named Jed,

Was shopping for a shootin' iron when he happened on a mini,

At the gun show, you know... Found a good deal... ex-tra magazi-i-ine...

Well, Jed took it home and found a little scratch. Damn how, sa-a-a-d...

Was shopping at Walmart, found a blueing pen real cheap...

With nothing to lose, spent 3 bucks-s, and now the scratch is history-y-y-y.

Deals that is, mini's are fine, $400 ain't that much worry, shoot till you're done.

Mini's, that is. Mini four-teens.
 

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No, all cold bluing isn't the same, nor are all gun alloys. Different bluing solutions have different effects on different metals.

For example, Brownell's 44/40 did a fantastic job on my SKS. Absolutely perfect match for the original hot-bluing. But on my Enfields, it leaves the metal blotchy and streaked, and I had to use Birchwood-Casey Perma-Blue.

I have used 44/40 to cover brass marks and points of wear in the mechanism of my Mini-14, so it should be OK for yours as well. I've never tried any of the Birchwood-Casey products on it, so I can't say whether they work well or not.

If you're new to cold-bluing, be advised that it's not just a wipe-it-on-and-you're-done process, no matter what the ads might say. Read the label carefully, and experiment on some bits of scrap metal first.
 
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