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    Quote Originally Posted by saintclair View Post
    One must remember that Case Colors tend to fade with age and especially so if exposed to sunlight. I suspect some protective oils/greases may also add to the fading of Case Colors.
    You might have accidentally added another page or two of replies? Have we discussed the issues of using oil or grease and the effects that it has on CCH? I exclusively use Mobil One High Mileage synthetic oil on my CCH which keeps a protective covering over my firearms.
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    Case colors are in the eye of the beholder.

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    I don't care much for the bright case-coloring when the hammer is polished.

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    Just remember that case hardening was done to strengthen what was basically a wrought-iron frame - the distinctive color was as a result of the process - not an intentional finish enhancement.

    Had the frame been built of steel in the first place, no doubt the entire revolver would've been blued.

    As the design was a keeper, so was the look, and nostalgia kept it alive.

    Today - it's a requirement but it never started out that way.

    'Personally', I much prefer the more 'muted' colors because that's what they'd always looked like, and besides, 'Clear-Coat' hadn't become a staple when mine were built, like you see today.
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    Also the metal types changed several times, since the case hardening was really needed in the 1870s. The steels used early in the 20s were probably something like AISI 1020, then pre-war probably 4140. Today, they probably use something different. So each generation has to do a different technique or process to make the color case hardening. I assume it's still bone charcoal, not cyanide color case hardening. But the way you do it must differ for different steels, and the results will look different.

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    Personally I prefer the somewhat more muted case colours and lower luster blue used for most of the 20th century through the early 3rd gens. I've never cared for the high polish blued used on the 3rd gens from the late 80s on. IMO, the SAA is the ultimate "working gun" and the high polish blue and vivid case colours just look out of place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azshot View Post
    Also the metal types changed several times, since the case hardening was really needed in the 1870s. The steels used early in the 20s were probably something like AISI 1020, then pre-war probably 4140. Today, they probably use something different. So each generation has to do a different technique or process to make the color case hardening. I assume it's still bone charcoal, not cyanide color case hardening. But the way you do it must differ for different steels, and the results will look different.
    This is very true. I have an 1873 Winchester made in 1887 that had been reblued when I bought it. I figured since it had already been doctored and I got a great price, I would have it case colored again. So here is what 1887 steel looks like when case color hardened in modern day
    73 frame 1.jpg73 frame 2.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by papalondog View Post
    I kind of liked the new bright case coloring and was thinking about pursuing the purchase of one, but now that you got me thinking....
    For practical use, you didn't want the outlaws and Indians seeing your gun FLASH from a mile away....... hmmm.
    I read a journal years ago from a cowboy that was on a cattle drive. They were expecting trouble from Indians the next day so they took sand and rubbed their pistols to a bright luster so that they would flash in the sun, showing the Indians that they were ready for a fight. Kinda made me cringe to think of the damage done... But, he lived to write the tale.
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    Actually no. Your 1873 would look original with just standard bone and wood case hardening. Someone just didn't know what they were doing .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rfrushour View Post
    Actually no. Your 1873 would look original with just standard bone and wood case hardening. Someone just didn't know what they were doing .
    It was bone and wood from a very reputable outfit


 
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