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Rust Prevention

Is there anything you can do to remove rust from your gun without damaging it?

Rust Bluing: Can You Do It At Home? Part II

Once the red oxide converts to black (this will be obvious to the naked eye), it’s time to “card” off (remove) the excess rust.

Rust Bluing: Can You Do it At Home?

How tough it is to rust blue steel at home? Contributor Keith Wood investigates.

Home Charcoal Bluing Test

Charcoal bluing is one of the traditional bluing methods used on many fine firearms (including vintage Colts & Winchesters). The process involves packing the steel in charcoal and “cooking” it at approximately 800 degrees for several hours. To hear many tell it, it’s just that simple and can literally be done in a pile of hot coals. We decided to put this to the test.


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