Bluing Browning Shotguns

Prepping and cold bluing a neglected Browning shotgun.

by Norman E. Johnson

There are times when refinishing and bluing an entire gun is neither practical nor necessary. Partial refinishing may be a viable option and can be performed with a minimum of tools and materials, saving both time and cost. A hunter came to my shop with a really sound looking 12 gauge Browning Pump Shotgun (BPS) that had some nasty, localized rust formations. The rust had caused mottled pitting along the entire left side of the receiver and a few other lesser involved areas. It was found to be invasive enough to require quite extensive refinishing that I felt I could do by hand.

I made up an adaptable tool that would hold select pieces of …

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