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View Poll Results: Given the choice I prefer
stainless 118 57.84%
blued 86 42.16%
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Old May 18, 2013, 03:05 AM   #51
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Blue por pistols, stainless for revolvers
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Old May 18, 2013, 06:18 AM   #52
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Stainless every day of the week and twice on Sunday!

Nothing at all wrong with blue, its just a personal choice. Maybe blue on a presentation firearm or collectable. I am just an average joe, so if I spend the money its got to be a shooter.

If the firearm I am looking at is available in either finish, I will usually save a little longer to get the stainless version when there is a price difference.
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Old May 18, 2013, 02:34 PM   #53
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I prefer stainless for all the practical reasons mentioned, but I love a deep blued handgun. I almost bought a new blued Ruger SBH but the blueing looked like it was done with black shoe polish and an old rag. Some of the new blued handguns aren't attractive enough to buy over a SS.
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Old May 18, 2013, 03:44 PM   #54
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Given the choice I REALLY prefer finishes like Tennifer, Melonite, etc.
They're not finishes. They're surface hardening treatments and do not change the surface of the metal at all.
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Old May 18, 2013, 04:49 PM   #55
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revolvers stainless or blued, I like em....as long as they are made by S&W...
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Old May 19, 2013, 11:22 AM   #56
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Blue-v-Stainless (I can't decide)

Well, I have only one blue revolver and four stainless steel revolvers.
All the pistols I own are either blue or what ever Glock puts on there slides to make it black.
Now if we are also talking long guns...
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Old May 22, 2013, 01:48 AM   #57
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I like blue or any other dark finish over stainless. The only one in my collection that's stainless is my S&W 4506, which is a great looking pistol.
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Old May 22, 2013, 07:51 AM   #58
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Stainless vs. Blued

For maintenance, either is just fine. A blued firearm can remain pristine for many years if properly cleaned and oiled. I like the blued 1911s, semi-autos and revolvers for the less-conspicuous look.
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Old May 24, 2013, 02:58 PM   #59
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on new guns, stainless - no such thing as 'blued' anymore - dark guns are black now

on older guns, i prefer a vintage blue on those guns -- python, 1911, BHP, mod 19
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Old May 24, 2013, 03:06 PM   #60
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...no such thing as 'blued' anymore...
Bluing is bluing, no matter how blue or black it is. The only thing lacking these days is a proper polishing before the bluing process.

Charcoal and nitre blue are as blue as they ever were.
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Old May 24, 2013, 04:46 PM   #61
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I prefer blued for appearance.....but stainless for durability. So, I voted "blued" in the poll. Call it "on the fence" for me.
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Old May 25, 2013, 01:52 AM   #62
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How about a 2-tone pistol: blue frame w/ stainless slide.
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Old May 25, 2013, 03:36 AM   #63
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I've got both but prefer stainless at least with handguns..................just lot easier to take care of. Shotguns and rifles; I'm old fashion, blue steel and walnut all the way!
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Old June 14, 2013, 10:58 PM   #64
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I have a bunch of both, but I am a nut about keeping the front of the Cyl. clean on stainless, so I shoot mainly my blued revolvers.They are easier to clean.
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