John what is the finish on the 458 I like that look.
Hi John,Matte bluing.
I have a bead blaster, using fine potters beads. I bead blast the metal then use the hot caustic bluing tanks.
I will be rust bluing a M77 Ruger in a few days and will post a description and photos. Rust bluing is much simpler process, does not involve the nasty hot caustic solution and the multiple number of tanks and burners. Not to mention the expense of all the hot caustic bluing equipment!
The bead blaster is way in the back of this photo. It is 48 inches wide so a barreled action fits with room to spare.
Bluing tanks set up behind the shop, in an open air lean to for lots of ventilation:
You can rust blue with a minimum of equipment.
Ordered reamer today so I will be barreling this weekend now let’s hope reamer makes it on time.
No extra lug just a heavy glass job on the lug that is there.Do you have an additional recoil lug on the barrel?
My 404-project is moving forward, barrel and action sent off to the smith and a nice heavy box with bullets came the other day. Dieset on order from Hornady. Slowly-slowly☺