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#262096 01/23/12 01:46 PM
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I apologize in advance for raising this much discussed topic from the dead only to animate it once again. Here goes.

Buck Hamlin: My aging memory says that he was recommended for Black & White Damascus, but can anyone verify if he's adept at browning as well?

I guess my question is basically, who do you think is (are) the best to do this work?

Now the impossible question: Ballpark estimate?

I've been going back and forth with these barrels for nigh two years and I've settled on definitely wanting them re-browned.

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Browning goes for about $425 a gun. I found Kearcher's work to be mediocre. That isn't a slam, nor is it praise, his work just "Is".

I've seen a lot of Brit guns with spectacular Damascus refinishing and I've seen mostly mediocre guns redone in America. I do not know who does exquisite work but when you find out, let me know and send pictures!

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Basically the only difference between black and white and browning is that the barrels aren't boiled for browning, but both are still etched to bring out the pattern.
If Buck Hamlin can do the black and white, I don't see why he couldn't do the browning.

The hardest thing is doing either one is the prep.


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Not true. For one, black is very easy to attain and can be helped along with things like logwood.With brown and white, however, the difference in the metals involved influences very heavily the rate at which they accept color and the techniques used to create contrast. I've had barrels come out beautifully with relatively little effort, and others that it seemed no matter what I tried, striking contrast would not come. I'd like to say I've learned a good bit through experience because I haven't had severe issues lately, but almost every set of barrels is different. That in mind, I'm certain I'll still have occaisional problems down the road.
I do agree with Rookhawk, I've seen some of Kearcher's work that I thought I could do better on. However, since I didn't work on that particular set, I'll never know for sure.
This is why many won't fool with brown and white finishes anymore, and I wonder at times why I do.
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Funny, we no longer do black and white. We have no problems with brown and white. Different strokes for different folks.


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Marc: you might talk to Sergey Lyalko in Natick
http://www.rustbluing.com/index.html

I've only seen 'browning' by Buck.

Other options at the bottom here
http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dfg2hmx7_192fcpp4khn

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Drew - It's 'browning' that I'm after! How would you rate Buck on his browning?

Have you seen Sergey's browning? He's in my state, so that's a plus.

I don't mean to set up a heartless battle of the bands. But please understand, if I'm going to roll the dice I want the best shot I can get (what a stupid thing to say, why WOULDN'T I or anyone else want the best?)

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An example of Buck's browning; Smith Chain damascus



A picky Parker Philadelphia phella spoke highly of Segey, but he may only do 'black & white'. Craig Smith, and many others, do both quite nicely.

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Buck Hamlin has done several lovely browning jobs for me. His work is first class.

However, because his efforts are so highly regarded, he usually has a long backlog. I recently took a vintage SxS shotgun to him for a complete restoration, and he said it will be about a year until completion. In my opinion, his superb workmanship is well worth the wait.

Besides, I just happen to have a few other shotguns to use in the interim.

A barrel browning may not take that long.

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Now I can't find his phone number! That's what happens when you put things off for almost 2 years. Especially in this house!

Anybody got Buck Hamlin's phone number handy?

I appreciate it if you can spare me a di...phone number

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