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Overdue Bill



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PostSubject: chemical for browning a barrell   Tue 29 May - 7:02

Where can I buy the chemical to brown my barrels?  I've tried google and youtube and just come up with a bunch of unrelated junk.  Thanks!!!
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PostSubject: Re: chemical for browning a barrell   Tue 29 May - 8:19

Birchwood Casey Plum Brown works well.  I did a TC hawken kit in the 70's and it still is looking good.  This is one of the early kits that had to have the barrel draw filed to smooth it - they may have changed the steel by now.
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PostSubject: Re: chemical for browning a barrell   Tue 29 May - 8:35

Thanks Russell.  I also did a TC kit in the 70's with the draw filing and all that.  Mine is a Big Bore Mountain rifle.  The browning is a mess plus a few scratches etc.  I just may draw file it again before I brown it.
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PostSubject: Re: chemical for browning a barrell   Tue 29 May - 9:19

Another option: I've used is Laurel Mountain Forge Barrel Brown & Degreaser on a couple of barrels and I like the result real well.  It's sold at various places, I got mine from Track of the Wolf.

I hang the barrel over the laundry tub and run a little room humidifier next to it.  I  card it off very lightly with 0000 steel wool as I'm rinsing in hot water.  Repeat the application until you get the color you want.

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PostSubject: Re: chemical for browning a barrell   Tue 29 May - 12:46

Thanks Smoken Joe.  I appreciate the tips.
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PostSubject: Re: chemical for browning a barrell   Tue 29 May - 13:22

There are bunch of browning formulations around ranging from basic to downright nasty (including mercury). Laurel Mountain is about as basic as it gets, and I've had great luck with it.  The only requirements are that you keep the metal warm and humid (I use a plywood box with a 60 watt light in it and a wet towel), and that you NOT rub or card it too much between coats. Over-carding results in a metallic coppery finish.  Note that the first coat and soak of Laurel Mountain may look a little blotchy. Never fear. Keep doing treatments and it will uniform out and look great.
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PostSubject: Re: chemical for browning a barrell   Tue 29 May - 15:38

Great Brown Bear,  Thanks a bunch
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PostSubject: Re: chemical for browning a barrell   Tue 29 May - 16:21

@BrownBear wrote:
The only requirements are that you keep the metal warm and humid (I use a plywood box with a 60 watt light in it and a wet towel), and that you NOT rub or card it too much between coats. Over-carding results in a metallic coppery finish.  

Same setup but use an old string of Christmas tree lights for a more even heat throughout the box over the single light bulb. Line the inside of your box with aluminum foil to hold the moisture and put a half dozen soda pop caps in for holding the water. Every part of the box needs to be close to other sections for the best most even color.

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PostSubject: Re: chemical for browning a barrell   Tue 29 May - 17:08

I've never used anything but Plum Brown and always had good results. I mount my bench vise with a rod of copper clamped at a 45* angle and mount the barrel on that. Then I heat the barrel with either a torch or a heat gun. The torch works faster.

Then I use old Tee-Shirt material and start rubbing on the Browning. Mine always sizzles a little. Just keep this up and then let it rest and see where you are. Once you get this stuff working its sometimes hard to stop. Once I am happy with the color and have it rinsed off and oiled I watch it for a few days to make sure its done. Then I clean off the oil and coat with Johnson's paste wax on a warm barrel. They never rust after that.
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PostSubject: Re: chemical for browning a barrell   Tue 29 May - 19:02

Hey, that sounds good, Burlesontom,  Thanks a bunch!
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PostSubject: Re: chemical for browning a barrell   Tue 29 May - 19:35

The copper rod is a great idea and not just for browning or blueing.  I'll try to remember that one.
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PostSubject: Re: chemical for browning a barrell   Wed 30 May - 7:14

@burlesontom wrote:
I've never used anything but Plum Brown and always had good results. I mount my bench vise with a rod of copper clamped at a 45* angle and mount the barrel on that. Then I heat the barrel with either a torch or a heat gun. The torch works faster.

This has always been shown/known in Birchwood Casey's literature.

https://www.birchwoodcasey.com/manage/literature/refinishing-guide-2013.aspx

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PostSubject: Re: chemical for browning a barrell   Wed 6 Jun - 17:17

Hi Buck. Your link doesn't work. But if you are referring to the Copper Rod that was my own idea. I never read any tips from BC and using plum brown. But plum brown has always given me the results I wanted. I just bought a Pedersoli Pennsylvania rifle and the browning on the factory rifle is no better than what I do myself. Heck they may be using BC plum brown themselves. scratch
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PostSubject: Re: chemical for browning a barrell   Thu 7 Jun - 7:08

http://birchwoodcasey.com/sites/all/themes/stark_theme/pdf/refinishing-guide-2013.pdf

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PostSubject: Re: chemical for browning a barrell   Thu 7 Jun - 13:04

Thanks Buck. The link worked this time. Looks like I was doing everything the right way. I must have read the directions on the bottle. t up
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PostSubject: Re: chemical for browning a barrell   Thu 7 Jun - 16:13

Damn "that's a first, a male read the directions first...". I always hear that from the wife, drives me nuts --- "did you read the directions" ....   cherry

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PostSubject: Re: chemical for browning a barrell   Fri 8 Jun - 12:20

I read the directions on everything I buy or get even if I have to google them and print them out. As my 7th grade shop teacher like to say, "If all else fails read the instructions".
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PostSubject: Re: chemical for browning a barrell   Fri 8 Jun - 15:27

@Overdue Bill wrote:
Where can I buy the chemical to brown my barrels?  I've tried google and youtube and just come up with a bunch of unrelated junk.  Thanks!!!
We just added a bunch of new Birchwood Casey products, with more coming soon, depending on customer requests. Here's a link in case you're still interested. Free shipping on all accessories too.

https://www.muzzle-loaders.com/catalogsearch/result/?cat=0&q=birchwood+casey

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