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Old 11-01-2004, 07:39 PM
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PC Metal Finishes - browning vs blueing

Howdy folks - Anybody out there have documentation regarding the early use of browning and/or bluing as a rust resistant finish on iron and steel.

Documented quotes are what are needed - I am sure of read of their use and IIRC they go back early but don't have a lot of early sources at my fingertips and quick google search didn't turn up and after the weekedn I had my brain is a bit fried anyway

Any help is much appreciated.


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Old 11-02-2004, 09:19 AM
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Foxfire 5 (ISBN 0-385-14308-7) has a browning solution from 1841, how far back do you want to go?
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Old 11-02-2004, 10:16 AM
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Howdy Jeff - Pre 19th century.


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Found this, Chuck:
http://www.militaryheritage.com/browning.htm

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Old 11-02-2004, 12:11 PM
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Your request was intriguing enough to make me look through my old gun books. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any solid references for you. Just wanted to let you know that we're out here trying!


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Old 11-02-2004, 05:38 PM
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Thanks guys - I'm sure I've read about browning/bluing going back to at least Roman times but my notes on such stuff got "lost" a few years ago and I don't have a lot of the refernce books at hand I did at the time.


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