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What bluing/method did you use? That bluing looks incredible as well.
I use Mark Lee's Express Rust Blue #1. It's the same process (and probably the same product) used by Doug Turnbull Restorations. I have a homemade temperature controlled cellular core PVC stand pipe that I've modified and used for many years now. I use mine to both preheat a barreled action and blacken them after the solution is wiped on with a dampened cotton ball. When you hang a barrel in boiling water for more than a few seconds there is enough latent heat stored in it to cause it to immediately flash dry when you take it out. It stays that way for several minutes and there's no need to use a gas torch. I use tongs or tweezers to hold screws and small parts in front of a heat gun until they are 150-200 degrees Fahrenheit and then apply solution. I boil them in a cheap Mainstays pot from Walmart.

There are pictures of my equipment and the products that I like to use along with links to some instructional videos showing various ways to do it in a thread about an old shotgun I refurbished for a friend:
 

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Very nice work!!!
I was given a gill gun many years ago, is in about the same condition as the one you restored! My goal was not to restore but to clean it up to shoot! Having other more modern 22's, I was fascinated by the slower cycle time of the gill gun! Spent the afternoon shooting!!
I'm sort of the opposite of a gun collector. I've always bought old beat up guns with the intention of shooting them. Ever since they introduced interchangeable replacement parts back in the era of muskets, there's nothing you can do to completely ruin one.

I take a "belt and suspenders" approach to maintaining guns. I view the bluing and finish as the first line of defense against the elements and only use gun oil and wax as a backup. If they get dinged and dented I don't loose any sleep over it. I just fix them up again and keep on shooting!
 
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