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OT Best Bluing and Finish for Muzzleloader

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Jollytrapshooter, May 23, 2007.

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  1. Jollytrapshooter

    Jollytrapshooter Member

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    I recently acquired a Thompson Center Hawken .45 caliber muzzleloader kit that requires the barrel to be blued. I am wondering what you guys think would be the best blue to use on my barrel (or possibly brown), and what I should use for finishing the stock. Thanks, any help is appreciated.

    -Jollytrapshooter
     
  2. Mac V

    Mac V Guest

    I used Birchwood-Casey's Plum Brown on the smoke poles I built. It works best if the barrel is heated with a propane torch so the "browning" sizzles as it's applied. My stocks were all sanded to a velvet smoothness and then given a built-up wax finish.

    Mike
     
  3. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    Brown is traditional, and looks fine when done right.

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  4. Jollytrapshooter

    Jollytrapshooter Member

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    Thanks for the help, any suggestions on finish for the stock?

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  5. Mac V

    Mac V Guest

    Wax or oil was the traditional finish. I never liked the looks of any of the curing oils so I used a wax finish built up of several layers over glass-smooth wood. Or you could use both...a couple coats of something like Watco's Danish oil followed by a final finish of wax once the oil is fully cured (about 6 months...no residual odor).

    Mike
     
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