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Old April 18, 2018, 08:30 PM   #1
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Savage model 24 solder

Will the solder used on the barrels of early model 24's hold up in the hot blueing tank temperatures bringing used today?
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Old April 18, 2018, 09:42 PM   #2
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Probably not.
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Old April 19, 2018, 12:48 PM   #3
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Blueing tank temperatures are no different now than they were 100 years ago. 275 °F to 310 °F (135 °C to 154 °C).
If the Savage 24 barrel is even connected over its whole length, you want "Rust Bluing".
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Old April 19, 2018, 12:50 PM   #4
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It's not the temperature, it's the chemistry. Hot bluing salts contain a lot of sodium hydroxide (lye, caustic soda). It has no effect on the steel, its purpose is to raise the boiling point of the solution to where the nitrates will work.
Hot lye will dissolve soft (lead based) solder. Don't do it.
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