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A friend of mine is rebrowning my Westley Richards try gun barrels. He sent me a photo of them mostly finished with the browning and etching. I've owned and seen lots of damascus barrels and I haven't seen any with the jagged lines this one has.

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Mike: I believe that is something very much like Greener's "Silver Steel".
Yours is 2 Iron - close up and enhanced

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3 Iron "Silver Steel"

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3 Iron "Browned" by Paul Stevens

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More infro here
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hph1QPAVDHd_KvHLrejKVykigwGgvMLFl4K6Ru6Dcig/edit

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Looks like black and white rather than brown, to me...
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He says the photos make it look blacker than it is. Says it's more of a brown color.

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Finally able to get the correct light so that the phone would take a true color photo.

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Dang that looks bad. Surely that's yet to be carded and boiled...
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Of course. Last etching before carding and it's not getting boiled. Boiling turns it black. Proper British damascus should be brown. lol

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The rusting looks very even and fine grained, with considerable contrast already. They should look great after etching.


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Mike's barrels demonstrate that with most doubles with a top rib extension (esp. if the top rib contributes to a bolt lock-up) the extension is a separate segment. AND the challenges of coloring steel.

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The extension was usually indexed in some manner with a screw

L.C. Smith which was brazed

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Parker GH with poorly matched D4. On refinishing the higher carbon screw stained much more darkly

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Some extensions on damascus barrels were a non-twisted (layered) laminate, others solid steel; Parker Lifter Bernard barrel with steel extension which stained more darkly

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The iron component of pattern welded rods was no doubt wrought iron. The steel was either Bessemer/Decarbonized (carbon .06 - .1%) or 1002 - 1005 low carbon low alloy steel.
I've done composition analysis on ONE segment of rib, a c. 1912 Lefever Arms Co. DS, and it was AISI 1011.

So coloring different composition steel was and is real challenge. Hopefully Mike will post the final results.

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I'll take black and white, regardless of what's proper. Something about brown damascus that just hits me wrong. I have seen some very dark brown damascus that wasn't too bad, though.
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