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Old January 4, 2011, 04:34 PM   #26
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I found this very interesting thread at the Marlin Collectors Association forums - I wasn't even looking for it!

http://www.marlin-collectors.com/for...hp?f=21&t=3732

It's full of interesting tidbits, even if one never applied oneself to the art.
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Old January 7, 2011, 10:44 PM   #27
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That's the thread I was trying to think of. His ultimate results are breathtakingly gorgeous. I'd pay good money to have him do a few things for me.
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Old January 8, 2011, 12:26 AM   #28
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Hello, Hardcase. About case colors...While the hard shell of steel of a case-hardned surface usually goes from about .003" to .006" in depth, the "Colors" are only a few millionths of an inch in thickness..they are really only an oxide from the high heat applied. Sunlight over time, handling & holster wear will cause them to fade, or disapear altogether..what really amazes me are the original...and I mean authentic untouched Sharps, Ballards, Colts and Winchesters that still retain these beautiful colors for well over 100 years.
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Old January 9, 2011, 08:14 PM   #29
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I have a Colt .25 from about 1908 that has very bright and fiery color on the safety, my gunsmith couldn't believe it was that old and still bright.

Turnbull's CCH is beautiful, and I think it's very much a case of the results come from polishing before hand.
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Old January 9, 2011, 10:28 PM   #30
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Turnbull's CCH is beautiful, and I think it's very much a case of the results come from polishing before hand.
It's actually due largely to the clear coating afterwards. Uncoated looks more like original Colt color casing IMO.
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Old January 12, 2011, 02:19 AM   #31
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Hello, HisSoldier. That bright blue is indeed beautiful...it's nitre-bluing, again caused by heat..parts are submerged in liquid nitre-bluing salts, colors from light straw..as on the early Lugers, to very light sky blue. again, as with C.C. it is just a very thin oxide. Incedently, these chemicals are available from Brownell's.
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Old January 12, 2011, 03:22 PM   #32
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I'm talking about CC actually, the safety on my Colt 1908 .25 ACP to be specific.
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