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Anyone finish barrel steel with linseed oil ?

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muzzlestuffer

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Building a double gun thinking about a finish where you heat the barrels to 400 degrees then apply linseed oil anyone try this before ?
 

muzzlestuffer

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Lol don't think it hurts the metal but not sure about the solder melting point that the barrels are held together with ?
 

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Lol don't think it hurts the metal but not sure about the solder melting point that the barrels are held together with ?
That's the problem, soldered seams with heat, ask Ron Paul I'm sure he has experience with that Lou. Good luck, keep us imformed or your project.




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Mossie

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I've been wondering the same thing. I have 6 switch barrels for my 3 underhammers and they get semi-rough treatment during hunting season and vehicular carry. They're prone to rubbing or scratching off of the plum brown finish I use. I'm thinking experiment with a coat of tru-oil to "toughen" up the finish. Any thoughts or experience in the matter ?? Many thanx....Mossie.
 

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I rust-blue and finish with boiled linseed. Looks great and tough. Only brown I have was done in 1984 with a product from the gun shop with bichloride of mercury made a beautiful coating, hunted and not a mark on it. Tough too. Have not tried laurel mountain yet, one in the queue. Cold bluing is cosmetic and offers little protection. Rust-blueing is what gun makers used until the 40's when hot bluing was faster than the 2-3 days. It protects well. Below reblued and my browned bichloride of mercury baby
 

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This very old .45 has been used a great deal over the decades and never pampered. I have had to touch up scratches, dings and bluing wear but never used anything other than silicon cloth or Type "F".

 

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After giving it much thought I'm going to jump in and try it!!! On my grandsons CVA Renegade carbine, Then I'll have the answer to my question LOL!....Mossie
 

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Jon has an old locker that we modified. Took out the top shelf, left the very bottom shelf and cut about a 6" hole in the center of the shelf. We installed hooks to the inside top of the locker. He fills a bowl with water in the hole in the shelf and also place a water soaked rag on the shelf. On the bottom under the shelf off to the side he places a heat lamp. This combo creates enough moisture/humidity to rust the barrels that he hangs in there to brown. Works very well.

As a matter of fact I had 4 raw steel shelf brackets in there to give them a rust patina....turned out perfectly.
 
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