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Old April 16, 2013, 08:32 AM   #1
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Help finishing a revolver

I recently traded into a 1858 that obviously was built from a kit and was not finished. The metal is not finished. There are milling marks on the barrel and it is not blued. I saw online that these were sold in kits so I assume this was. How do I finish it? Draw file the metal? How do you blue it etc? Thanks.
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Old April 16, 2013, 09:55 AM   #2
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I draw file both round & octagon bbls at first, then I further smooth/polishtham with emery paper - backed by a flat board for an octagon bbl, used in a shoe-shine method on a round bbl.

There are entire books on the various browning/bluing methods, but probably the best & most authentic-looking for a home hobbyist would be a rust blue method (google).

An option would be to leave it "in the white", and age it a bit, so that an appropriate patina is achieved - enough to make it look like an old/antique.



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Old April 16, 2013, 10:30 AM   #3
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Check out the thread on this forum

by Mike Belaveau Working on a rifle kit from Track of the Wolf.

The techniques he uses are very well explained.

Good series but I recommend watching a ways from your checkbook.
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Old April 16, 2013, 11:04 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. I have made longrifles before so i have browned barrels but never worked on a revolver.
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