Decided to go with the Formula 44/40 bluing, since it was local. Picked up a small bottle this am after I dropped the kids a school.
The barrel was stripped then buffed down to bare metal. I then soaked it a few times in brake cleaner to get the remaining oils off.
I pre-heated my oven to 170* for about 20 mins. I placed the barrel in the oven for about 5-6 mins to get it up to 95-100* to optimize the bluing adhesion. I wiped on very liberal coats with a clean old cotton sock. Once the entire barrel was wiped thoroughly, I wiped it back down with a dry clean cotton rag to remove any excess solution. Followed that with using 0000 steel wool to rub down every inch of the blued surface.
I repeated that process three times to get to the color I have now. Then I repeated the same for the trigger guard and the bolt button pull and stock barrel retention screw.
Put it back together and here's how she looks. Not to bad considering how rough it was. Could probably use 2-3 more coats of blue to be the best it's gonna get. Probably do that after I take it out to test fire it Friday.
Lmk what ya think.