"Old World Quality and Craftsmanship©"
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The prices below reflect labor only; parts extra
supplying their own barrel blank will be surcharged $70.00 in addition to the
labor costs for fitting, and we will extend no guarantee beyond the proof test.
based on Remington actions have the following work performed:
1. The recoil lug is surface ground
All stocks are pillar bedded with aluminum pillars and barrels are
free floating. Muzzle breaks are muzzle-end bored after installation for
perfect concentricity with the bore.
Nickel Plating - Handgun Only
Bluing of Steel
of steel is not a coating or other form of protective film put on the surface of
metal. Rather, bluing is actually,
what you are trying to avoid - rust. By
controlling the rusting process, the entire surface and all the pores of the
steel become rusted and by that fashion, further rust cannot develop.
Only when the steel is scratched, worn, or otherwise exposes
"un-rusted" steel, does new uncontrolled rust begin.
olden days, guns were slowly rusted in humidity chambers, requiring weeks or
months to achieve a "blued" finish.
Although this old method is still available and performed by some custom
gunsmiths, most gunsmiths and all manufacturers utilized an accelerated rusting
process, commonly known as hot bluing.
involves the submersion of clean steel into a bath of caustic salts at a
temperature of usually 292 deg. to 310 deg F. for 20 to 30 minutes, or longer.
The boiling salts act as abrasion that continuously takes off the rust as
it forms, and special ingredients within the salts insure a uniform black-blue
the bluing process itself is the easy part because the quality of the
"blue" depends on the quality of the metal surface, not the bluing
process itself. Before bluing, guns
must be manually stripped of all old blue, rust, and brought back to white
steel. The surface then must be
polished to the desired finish using buffing wheel and various gradients of
polish. BSR Custom uses the
following grits, depending on the desired finish: 140, 240, 320, 400, 500, 555B,
555G, and 555W. Before proceeding
to new grit, all polish marks from the previous grit have to be removed.
polishing, the metal is cleaned in an organic solvent, such as tricholoethane,
and a rust prohibiting agent, then sent to our out-service
offers the following grades of bluing:
blast. This finish is recommended for those wanting a low luster
non-reflective blue on their hunting and/or military-style guns.
It is similar to Parkerizing in appearance and texture (except only
available in black). It is
recommended for badly pitted or damaged guns. (Beads are actually very small,
round pieces of glass – similar to sand, yet all perfectly uniform in size.)
Finish. This finish is recommended for hunting guns and other
firearms that may see harsh conditions and treatment.
It is a no frills type of blue; durable and attractive, but containing
polish marks. Most of the time, the quality is better than the customer
expected. The old finish, rust, and
pits (within reason) are removed and the gun polished with 140 grit on a loose
Finish. This finish is similar to the finish on most factory guns and
is recommended for most guns that do not see the harsh treatment and abuse of a
hunting gun. The old finish, rust,
and pits are removed and the gun polished with 140, 240, 320, and 400 grit on a
loose wheel. All screw holes are protected and corners square.
Finish. This is the finish for the gun enthusiast that wants a mirror
finish on his firearms. It is not
for everyone and a gun must be in reasonable shape to even qualify for this
finish. Same as the Deluxe finish
except that the gun is polished further with 500, 555B, 555G, and 555W, with all
grit and polish marks removed to produce a mirror finish.
Most double barrel shotguns cannot be blued by hot bluing methods.
This is because the barrels are held together by solder that will melt
and be dissolved by the caustic salts used in the hot bluing process.
Putting a double barrel shotgun into a hot bluing take will undoubtedly
result in two barrels being removed! Because
of this, double barrel shotguns must be blued by an alternate method.
Bluing process involves heating the barrels in a boiling water bath (220 deg F.)
and then applying a cold caustic rusting solution to the hot steel (in hot
bluing you add cold steel to the hot salts, this is just the opposite).
The barrels immediately rust and the rust must then be manually removed
both by machine and by hand. When
all the rust is removed, the process is repeated repeatedly.
As the process continues, the rust will no longer come off and the
barrels will begin to turn blue. After
8-10 applications of the bluing solution and rust removal, the barrels will be
blued. Unlike hot bluing, methods
which give a Black-Blue color, Belgium blued barrels are generally Blue-Black.
process is required on all double-barreled shotguns.
Some people prefer the Blue-Black color over the Black-Blue of hot
methods and have other guns blued by this method. This procedure should not be confused with "cold
bluing", which is a chemical coloring of the steel; IM bluing is a true
rusting of the steel.
BSR does not offer Parkerizing. We
find that the demand for such is minimal and the quality of the finish does not
generally meet our standards. For
those interested in the Parkerized-look of finish, we suggest the bead blast
finish described above.
finish consisting of a Teflon fluoropolymer resin and molybdenum sulfide
coating. A finish that offers
durability and friction fighting properties.
This is an ultra-modern, self-lubricating, thermo-set coating that is
chemically bonded to a phenol-epoxy base making it highly resistant to scratches
and abrasion. A great alternative
to bluing for restoring military rifles and parts, coating hard to blue
stainless steel or aluminum parts, refurbishing hunting shotguns, rifles, and
handguns, or refurbishing any metal that needs a durable, self-lubricating,
rust-proof coating that lasts and will look great for years.
nickel plating is now the preferred method of nickel-plating guns.
By this method, the nickel is bonded to the steel in a hot nickeling
solution. Since there is no
current, there is no path of least resistance and the nickel is plated (without
a copper pre-plate) evenly and smoothly throughout the firearm.
As with bluing, the quality of the nickeling is directly related to the
quality of the metal preparation - all parts must be naked and surgically clean.
The difference between high and low luster is the quality of the polish.
uses only Electrolysis plating methods.