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Old 01-05-2020, 12:11   #1
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Lye/Saltpetre blueing pics!! finally found!

Edit: my Dad, bless his soul and R.I.P. was my #1 fan when I was a practicing Gunsmith, and also my photographer when I did something I thought photo-worthy.......I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU every day Dad !!

now, onto business.......
while rebuilding a firelock next door at Dads old house (my new shoppe) I was rummaging through some old papers and found these 23 year old pics of the results of hot blueing using old fashioned chemicals bought in bulk at the Chem. supply house in Anniston Al. back around 1996.

The project gun started when one of my best customers home burned and he brought me buckets filled with kerosene & burnt handguns, and buckets with long gun receivers under kerosene and fire bent barrels sticking out of the bucket tops.

8 in all that he wanted rebuilt, including heat treating of critical parts, pit removal, polishing, and hot blueing of all metal parts (barrels had to ALL be replaced), and replacement of action parts and all wood.

The rifle in these pics (early '50s model '94 Winchester) was a total loss, only the receiver, bolt, lever, and a few small metal parts were salvagable.....
He wanted it rebuilt as a custom, octagon barreled .30/30 with a '66 Centennial stock.
Price was no object in this rifle build.

Sorry about the poor pic quality and the tear across the 1st one.......but this is how it started, and finished 8 months later.
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