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Old April 19, 2016, 03:33 PM   #5
44 AMP
Join Date: March 11, 2006
Location: Upper US
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Welcome to tfl vic6!

I have a Yugo M 48 Mauser with that exact purple on the extractor, only. The rest of the rifle has the normal blue.

The color of "bluing" depends on the metal itself, the chemicals used, the proportions, impurities, and the exact method (heat, time in the tank, etc.) used.

Blue (in different shades), black, purple, and even grey/green or brown are possible with different kinds of "bluing". Maker's standards, and military standards for finish, or refinish vary.

Sometimes, a certain method will produce a blue that "ages" to a purple color, or a purple tint. I have seen this on some civilian arms too.

I've never seen a Mauser action with that color before, but obviously you have one.

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