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    Bluing a Swedish Mauser bolt assembly?

    I want to reproduce the blued bolt assembly from the M41B (don't worry, the donor rifle is already a mixmaster!). Anyone tried this?
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    Do you mean a hot blue or what exactly? Hand blued?
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    I mean whatever will match the existing in the white bolt with the receiver, a la M41B. I expect this will be a professional job as I don't have tanks.

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    It will depend on a few things out of your control. Usually one would blue the whole affair so it matches, one part will show different.
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    I believe I read somewhere that the Swedes used a salt bluing process initially then started using Dulite hot bluing in the mid 50s. I'd go with a hot bluing process, but probably doesn't really matter with a repro rifle. I wouldn't spend much money on it myself. You could rust blue it yourself and come close with minimal cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernest T View Post
    You could rust blue it yourself and come close with minimal cost.
    Careful doing a nice rust blue, it'll turn out so nice you'll want to do the rest as well...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lashenden View Post
    I want to reproduce the blued bolt assembly from the M41B (don't worry, the donor rifle is already a mixmaster!). Anyone tried this?
    I had to recreate some rings for my k98k double claw shooter (not historically correct) so as you can see the rings start out in white. Needed a hot oven; I used my on the stovetop pizza oven and spun past the top temperature 850+ F!!! Yikes. Get the fire extinguisher. After 45 mins of heat then dipped in 20/50 weight Castrol oil. Turned out pretty close to my Germanicon rifle. My friend used a blow torch on his small parts but they never turned out as good. I have blued screws, side base mounts, top base mounts etc and they all do really well.
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    Thanks for your views; okay to heat an old bolt?

    All useful info. The bolt is being bent soon, so maybe that's the time to do rust or oil bluing. I'm assuming that a normal oven couldn't heat the bolt to a level that would affect safety? This is an old replacement bolt of uncertain age, after all.


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