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Bug Tussell
March 08, 2013, 21:36
So a Winchester M1897 with a mfr date of 1900 - the bluing is more brown than it is blue.
Is this the normal color for the protective coating?

Snakeshot
March 08, 2013, 21:49
So my new/old Winchester M1897 has a mfr date of 1900. The bluing is more brown than it is blue.
Is this the normal color for the protective coating?

What bluing? Should be just about gone after 113 years.
My 1911 mfg 97 is a beautiful mix of patina and honest wear. The only bluing left is on the mag tube.

And yes, it is a very pleasant brown color.

Bug Tussell
March 08, 2013, 21:59
What bluing? Should be just about gone after 113 years.
My 1911 mfg 97 is a beautiful mix of patina and honest wear. The only bluing left is on the mag tube.

And yes, it is a very pleasant brown color.

So you think it started out blue? IIRC early rust processing resulted in a brown patina. This one is brown from stem to stern so I'm wondering if this the original finish.

Pluribus
March 09, 2013, 01:55
Rust blueing does indeed turn brown after many, many years. So yes, it was originally blued when it was new.