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Is Ruger 77 safe to use?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by fdashes, Dec 24, 2012.

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  1. fdashes

    fdashes Member

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    I have a Ruger that I bought second hand a short time ago. I just looked at it in a very bright light and the bluing on the reciever has a violet tint in the bluing. Does this mean the rifle was overheated at one time? Is the rifle safe to shoot or should it be looked at by a gunsmith before using. If it matters it is a 7mmMag.
     
  2. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Member

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    Its actually quite typical of earlier ruger products to to turn a "plum" color with age. Some hate it but its kind of a beauty mark to us ruger fans. Especially when paired with a vintage leupold scope that shares the same coloration




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    ^^^ What he said.
     
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    I have a #1 and the receiver is that plum color. Looks nice. I have heard, but do not know for a fact, that its just a combination of Rugers metal and the bluing method they use.
     
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    Some Finnish M39 Mosin Nagants with barrels made in Belgium are a nice plum color. I've seen it said that its due to the nickel content in the metal.
     
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    It is quite typical of U.S. M1903 Springfield's that have been sporterized & hot blued too.

    The nickel steel used in them is subject to turning purple if the temperature of the hot salts bluing bath is off just a few degrees.

    It's nothing at all to worry about, as it has no bearing at all on the strength of the action.

    rc
     
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    Whew,,thank you everyone for the replies. Its goes out shooting on Friday then
     
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