Originally Posted by scutter
Bluing and Blacking are the same process. As I understand it, the better the job the darker the colour.
If you want your barrel very dark, have it anodized, speak to Guy as he has a contact who did his rifle barrel
you cant anodize steel, only aluminium, there is a difference between bluing and blacking, modern guns are blacked using modern blacking salts, bluing is done by a rusting process using all sorts of dangerous chemicals, used to do it on older guns, muzzle loaders ect, but not good for your health, but used to impart a blue tinge into the steel, looked good but lots more work.