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Old February 9, 2012, 11:10 AM   #1
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Why Nickel

I know nickel has hardness equal to an axe blade, and it looks great but why bother when: almost all the pictures on the internet I have seen when compared to blued weapons IT IS THE BLUED ONES THAT SEEM IN BETTER CONDITION.
Surely it would be better to buy a blued gun and re-blue it from time to time, perhaps every two years.
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Old February 9, 2012, 11:15 AM   #2
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Why not? It's a matter of personal preference.
I'm inclined to think if a man hasn't gotten his point across in 4912 attempts, 4913 probably isn't going to do it.
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Old February 9, 2012, 11:31 AM   #3
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There's different manufacturers and each has their own method.
The nickel may not hold up very well on some of the Italian revolvers while it is very durable on the Traditions rifles.
There's also quality after market outfits that can offer much higher quality finishes than some of the factory applied nickel.
Above all nickel is rust resistant, even more so than some stainless steels.

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Old February 9, 2012, 11:43 AM   #4
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The nickel may not hold up very well on some of the Italian revolvers
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Old February 9, 2012, 01:14 PM   #5
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With some of the new finishes (electroplate) you can get any color plus a nickel plate way better then any blue job . I had a Trap Gun plated in a blue/black and after two years it,s still looking like new . (and cheaper)

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Old February 9, 2012, 02:38 PM   #6
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The nickel may not hold up very well on some of the Italian revolvers while it is very durable on the Traditions rifles.
Good to know! There is a Traditions rifle on their scratch/dent page that calls to me.
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Old February 9, 2012, 03:04 PM   #7
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I love the way nickle looks but it scratches way to easily. I prefer stainless because you can take mothers mag cleaner and polish it up to really high shine
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Old February 10, 2012, 08:14 AM   #8
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Nickel defoliating


Pietta from early 90s (I think)

Somewhere around 250.00 to have it replated.

If I don't buy a revolver at the show next week end I am going to have it done.

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Old February 10, 2012, 10:21 AM   #9
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i love the look of nickel. i grew up watching westerns and all the best gun slingers had nickel. i would love to get a nickel set up like doc holiday in tombstone.

having said that my 1 experience owning a nickel gun was bad. i had a s&w model 19 in nickel that i bought brand new. the gun was very lightly used and the nickel finish seemed to start lifting and started to flake. i'm not sure if this is common but it makes me leary of nickel guns. my blued ubertis still look very pretty
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