I finally got the BHP done.

I finally got the BHP done.

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    I finally got the BHP done.

    I had posted a while back on info regarding Browning Hi-Powers as I was in hte process of rebuilding one.

    Here is the original post.

    Now it is time for some B&A's (before and after pics).

    The before pictures are not the greatest (I took them), but you can get an idea of what I had to deal with. My wife took the afters (she is much better with that camera than I am). The grips are originals, and not really in bad shape, but obviously neglected.

    Here is a profile:


    If you look at the frame just above the grips, you can see a distinct difference in colors there. To look at it close up, you could see what looked like the owner had taken a heavy guage wire brush to the frame to remove the blueing. The metal was terribly scratched and rusting.

    Here is a closer view:


    The barrel has some rust pitting as can be seen in the pictures, but not bad enough that replacing the barrel would have been required:


    The finished product. Not exactly what i was hoping for, but this thing was a pigs ear when I got it. The blueing (cold blue) just wouldn't get any darker. It still has a little look of being dark metal moreso than some blues seen on other guns:


    I must add, the great looking grips in the last picture are compliments of Chorizo. Thanks again Mitch and Semper Fi from a deck ape.

    The overall condition of the gun upon recipt was enough to nearly make me cry. In the end, while it did not turn out the way I had hoped (I am my own worst critic), it looked great (comparatively speaking) and shot very well:
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    Looks good for what you had to work with ! Congrats ! If you are unhappy with the blue , and would consider parkerising it i have a couple of good " home brew " recipees and instructions on a site i have up , drop a note here or if all else fails pm you can do either grey or black park with the recipees .
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    I would be interested in the recipies. Not for this gun, but for others in the future. This one was for another guy. I have worked on a few, and the ones that I have done work for bring me (or ask me if I am interested in) other projects.

    In fact, I am doing one now (Savage .22 rifle) that is in nearly the same condition as the Browning.

    I am going to have to source parts for this one as well, but I have to clean it up enought to see what model it is (yes, its that bad).

    It is a family passdown, and the owner understands that it has no real monetary value, but the sentimental value is worth having the work done. This one should, I hope, take color well. Most of the rust is surface, and the action has been protected by fouling for several years. I'll try to take some pics of this one too.
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    understood bud , and pm incomeing to you with link .
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