Blue

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Lupo, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. Lupo

    Lupo New Member

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    I have a question. When a gun has been re-blued. Or it is at, example 60% blue, what does that mean? Is that like the wear and tear on the whole gun, a certain piece maybe?
     
  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I believe what you are talking about is "bluing" - or the process of chemically treating steel from rust. Essentially it's an easy, and somewhat cheap, weapons treatment.

    Information on Bluing

    If you are shopping the used market, and the ad says bluing is 60%, that means that the finish of your weapon is pretty mucked up. However, the nice thing about bluing is that, with some work to strip the gun down, and the right equipment, you can re-do the process and get a nice, almost perfectly clean, blue-black finish again.

    JD
     

  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    It generally means there is 60% of the finish remaining. In that condition, w/o any pitting it would be a good fixer upper. If it were a 1st generation Colt SAA, it would be considered very good condition (For its age).
     
  4. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Okay. That's a really good point. Depending on the weapon in question, 60% could be a steal. Advantage: Robo :D

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  5. seedy

    seedy Member

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    Rebluing of a 1st. generation Colt SSA would probably reduce its value. Expensive old guns are alot like expensive antique furniture, refinishing takes away from the value. CD
     
  6. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    It would be 60% steel or a 60% steal depending on the condition of the bare steel.
     
  7. Lupo

    Lupo New Member

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    Ahh ok, this definitly clears a few things up. Thank you!
     
  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Fer sure, refinishing an antique weapon is very detrimental to the value, unless (perhaps) done by the original manufacturer and documented as such.

    And, what about bear steel? Would that be a steel steal?