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Old March 8th, 2017, 06:41 AM   #1
 
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Can anyone explain why my steel loading gate has turned a shade of purple?





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I had the same affect on a Charter Arms. A guy told me that was because they left the gun in the bluing solution too long. Sounds right.
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Ruger had a problem with their bluing in the early days. Sometimes the whole frame turned "plum". They offered to re-blue any gun free of charge if you wished, but didn't promise the results would be better. In most cases, they weren't.

Many collectors value the "plum" guns.

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Its common on Rugers. Its apparently still a problem. I have the first model 22/45 LITE. This pistol is only 3 or 4 years old. The center latch of the takedown mechanism is plum colored, but the rest of the steel that makes up the assembly is blue. Its as distinctive as Hossbreeds beauty
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It is mostly a factor of the alloy you're trying to hot blue. Silicon and nickel content play a big role in the final appearance. Some cast alloys seem to be more prone to turning plum but that's probably due to the alloy used to cast the part and not the casting process itself.

If you've ever seen a bunch of early H&K P7's or PSP's in one place you'll likely notice that they exhibit quite a variation between blue & plum colors. It's not a defect and its often seen in some of the harder steels.
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Yes, due to alloy

I see this on a lot of older guns. Possibly due to a higher iron content.
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Can anyone explain why my steel loading gate has turned a shade of purple?
It is obviously defective! If you send it to me I will work on it and return it in 9-10 years

Sorry, but results are not guaranteed...
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I heard it could be metallurgy and age. I have several older Ruger's and a Stoeger .22 Luger that did the same thing. I actually like the looks.
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I do have a really nice blue one if the plum bothers you.
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You used to see that on allot of the old Rugers. I like it to me it gives the gun more character.
I have an old M77V tang safety in .25-06, well I'm pretty sure I still have it. I sold off some M-77's some years back but don't think that was one of them. The receiver on that 77V turned a purple tint.
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Recently acquired a 1957 Single-Six flatgate. The frame is plum, and I kinda like it.
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I have a single six like that and i think of it as character marks. Just like scratches occuring on past hunts.
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Thanks all.

No, it doesn't bother me at all.

I was just curious and nothing more...
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I do have a really nice blue one if the plum bothers you.
I was thinking that myself....
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It is obviously defective! If you send it to me I will work on it and return it in 9-10 years

Sorry, but results are not guaranteed...


LMAO!!!

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