- Sep 30, 2018
- Buffalo NY
The browng seems to be the difference between the chemicals used then and now. I may go back to the bichloride of mercury process on the kit I have for my son if the newer processes are not good as that.Thanks, put a lot of effort into it, and it has given me great pleasures over 35 years. Held up well hunting and the range.
Clean and wear powder free car mechanics type gloves to handle that way no skin oil and no skin absorption of the chemicals you are using.Any of these solutions don't stress the parts need to be as clean as humanly possible, even your hands have oil that will effect the end results. Cleanliness is the key to the results you want, period.
Always the details and environment to be sure.Just got to thinking about my old bud Charlie Maggard. He made excellent repairs, and always seemed to get a beautiful butternut-brown finish on steel. I finally pinned him down as to the secret ingredients. He grinned, and opened a tall cabinet in the corner of his workshop. Inside the cabinet there was a gallon jug of distilled vinegar, and a wool blanket enclosing a barrel being browned. It was suspended over a pan of warm water (his workshop wasn't refrigerated, and summertime in Phoenix was a bit over 105 degrees in the evening). Warm barrel treated with vinegar, and enclosed over warm water. For him, it worked perfectly.
I guess it's not just the ingredients, but the details and know-how that ultimately determine results.
Super, perseverance always pays off. Great job in the end.Determination ( not to confused with stubbornness) is starting to pay dividends. I'm very glad I started this subject, got lottsa info for every one. Started over and got the bbl hotter and suspended it by the rod guide, and 4 coats later made the mistake of applying heavy old car paste wax on the bbl WRONG move! Stripped the wax, steel wool and another app of solution. Wiped on mach oil and let cure. And it is what I was looking for. More oil and set aside while I put the patch box in and finish the stock. Russian Olive wood is not a disappointment. Light coat of walnut stain, It was a little too light for me, and a few coats of True Oil. When done 4 O steel wool to soften the finish then stock wax. Ordered a Williams peep NOS for a 760/742 Rem on Ebay, looks like it may fit the center of the action curve. A few pView attachment 668View attachment 669View attachment 670View attachment 671View attachment 672View attachment 673ics of what it done so far..Out Here