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    M1897 Winchester Trench Shotgun Project

    I am putting together a 1897 Winchester trench shotgun. I an awaiting the heat shied. It is coming unblued.
    So is there an easy way I can blue it or is there someone who can blue it for me? I checked Brownells and they are out of blueing chemicals. Or another source. I do not want to have to buy a tank and lots of chemicals for one or two projects.

    Any guidance would be great

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    There's a whole long thread about rust bluing here and a few members have done it very successfully. That could be a way to go. I'd be surprised if you couldn't find a gunsmith close to you that can blue it.
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    I used Brownells cold blue on my M12 trenchgun [in the white] heat shield/mount. But Fords gunsmithing is in Florida. I can’t imagine they couldn’t blue it for you. Your pix isn’t very good but they would probably do your whole ‘97. Good luck on your build.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baltimoreed View Post
    they would probably do your whole ‘97.
    I would agree and suggest exactly the same. Perhaps a simple glass bead and blue on the gun but a polish and blue so it all matches would be super nice...
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    Slow rust bluing is much easier than it sounds, and would produce beautiful results...plus the satisfaction of restoring your piece with your own hands. I recommend Mark Lee's express blue if you want it done in a day. Excellent results. You will find reports of difficulty with some of the winchester nickel steel. This can be solved by pre-etching with a correct solution. All you need, and need to know on that, is here https://www.rustblue.com/blog/rust-bluing-woes/. I have used their solutions before with good results, but indistinguishable from the results I have with Mark Lee's express...so now I prefer to blue for a Saturday instead of a week or 2.

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