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Ruger MKII Frame Question

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by catmath 1911, Mar 3, 2003.

  1. catmath 1911

    catmath 1911 New Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    Hello All,

    I have a question about ruger's blued MKII frame. Mine was experincing some wear on the backstrap, and I thought I would touch it up with some cold blue. Well, I tried birchwood-casey and every type of cold blue Brownells has, none worked. So i bought some blue remover and stripped the frame with the intentions of sending the frame off for hardchroming. Well that was two months ago and I still have not sent it off. The reason being is that the bare metal has not rusted or even taken a patina. It is still as shiny as it was when I stripped it. So what gives, does Ruger use a higher Chromium content in their steels or what?

    catmath 1911
  2. Badger Arms

    Badger Arms Senior Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    Harnett County, NC
    Don't know. I'd still get it finished. Try sending it to Ruger. Last I heard, they were charging $45 to reblue it and you get a factory reblue that will look just like it came out of the box. Better yet, they'll look it over and replace any parts that need it.
  3. Jim K

    Jim K Elder

    Dec 31, 2002
    I don't know the steel they use, either, but sometimes stamped parts are more rust resistant that forged or cast parts. I agree with Badger Arms that Ruger will do a good reblue job. They don't do chrome, though, so you will have to find someone else if you want that done.

  4. Kruzr

    Kruzr Participating Member

    Dec 30, 2002
    Surf City, PRK
    Its my understanding that all the Mark2 frames are stainless. They use a coating process not an oxidizing process to make the "blued" ones.

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