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    hot blueing

    does anyone on the forum (within reasonable reach of Edinburgh) do a quality hot blueing job?

    I am restoring a project rifle and am considering outsourcing the final blueing of all the parts,,I 'would' like to do it myself, but am not sure about the safety element of the chemicals involved...commments/experiences welcome.

    it's for a classic rifle so I am looking for a beautifully finished deep blue, no 'tech coatings' for this one.

    also,,,would you have the receiver rails and raceway blued or leave it polished to a 600 grit?

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    Know of a very good RFD/gunsmith in Jedburgh - not sure if he does bluing, but I think he does

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    you thinking of borders gunroom or is this someone local with no shop front?

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    short answer is no
    only place i could find was Dalgleish in Paisley or over that way anyway. or you could sell a kidney and take it to dicksons, but you could probably just buy a new rifle for less than they charge.

    way I looked at it was it was going to cost me 100 minimum in petrol and another 100 to get it blued.
    I bought all the chemicals and cobled together what I hope to be a useful bluing unit for less than 40-50.
    have a couple of guns I would like to do

    will answer your PM in more detail but I noticed my boiling tube had a leak when testing it so I need to sort that before doing the test run.
    i have all the chemicals now, just need to get some time to sort it all out!
    hoping to get the tubes sorted this weekend, will run a test batch and blue some scrap metal to see what the results are like.

    if it works like I hope it does I will happily blue yours under your supervision (obviously cant do it without you being there as it wouldnt be on my FAC!)

    will let you know

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKL View Post
    you thinking of borders gunroom or is this someone local with no shop front?
    If I was I'd have said St. Boswells!

    Its a club member, he has worked in the gun trade a long time...was even at Para Ordnance in Canada for a while. He USED to specialise in race-guns back in the pistol days.
    Has a full machine shop & does lots of repair work for the trade...but he's NOT trading from a shop front premises.

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    Saddler,

    I'm surprised I've not heard of the guys as I semi-live just outside Jedburgh, but it just goes to show! thanks for letting me know mate, it's much appreciated.

    if you are happy to share his contact details would you mind sending me a PM?

    Ed,

    sounds great, look forward to hearing how it goes,,don't forget the face visor, rubber apron and gloves! I hear it can burn your skin off just from the fumes!

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    I have my welding gauntlets and full face mask at the ready!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saddler View Post
    If I was I'd have said St. Boswells!

    Its a club member, he has worked in the gun trade a long time...was even at Para Ordnance in Canada for a while. He USED to specialise in race-guns back in the pistol days.
    Has a full machine shop & does lots of repair work for the trade...but he's NOT trading from a shop front premises.
    how is SR

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