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best browning for flintlocks

need my plains hawkens done.... stocks almost finished need to brown all the steel parts ??
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BARREL BROWN & DEGREASER, 2.5 oz. $9.75 (+Ohio Sales Tax) EA
from Laurel Mountain Forge. No need to degrease beyond washing. Goes on cold. Repeated applications over several days gives a rich, even brown. Works best in humid atmosphere. 2-1/2 oz. bottle.


This stuff works great on my barrels, and has proven very durable. Be patient if you do not have a sweatbox though...it may take 2 weeks. Just follow their directions to the letter and you can't go wrong.

The best guns go off with a rock in the lock....
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Re: best browning for flintlocks

LAUREL MOUNTAIN FORGE IS great stuff.it also works well for rust blueing.
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Re: best browning for flintlocks

could i do this in the bathroom after a shower to simulate more humid atmosphere{would this excellerate the browning?] im not trying to rush this just trying to come up with a solution. the air is very dry now.
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yes i have done it that way or just a plywood box with a heat lamp and a bowl of water.
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Re: best browning for flintlocks

that genius! do i make the box big enough to hold all the parts? is there a size that woks best? ill build one ? will this stuff work on locks? its been a long time since a built one things change.
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Re: best browning for flintlocks

that stuff will rust anything.i hang my parts on wire,rebar wire.plug your barrel with corks and oil inside real well before you start.if you need any help pm me i will do what i can.i have done lots of guns browning and rust bluing.its all in the prep work.
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thanks jim i started this gun back in the early 80s never had a chance to finish it . still got 4 more coats on the stock and i need to solider the barrel lug on then start browning.its a dixie barrell. tc locks and triggers, cherry stock . its looking good so far. i would like to have it ready to shoot this summer for next year! thank you guys for all your help !
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better late than never.like to see pics when done.
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Re: best browning for flintlocks

I like the Birchwood Casey stuff that goes on a hot (warm) surface, Rub it on with a swab and then after a few coats, scrub it off with 4 ought steel wool.
When oiled it looks as smooth and shiny as a blueing, just that it is dark brown in color.

Old timers would scrub the barrel with a little salty water with perhaps some egg or soap in it to make it cling to the metal. Place it in a warm humid cabinet and then scrub it down daily. Recoat and then repeat, until the desired effect.
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