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Unread 01-29-2021, 03:38 PM   #1
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So, I have an Ithaca Gr II 16ga NID that has dual Ivory Beads.

The bluing where the gun has been held over the years is quite thin.

I am having a local gunsmith repair the trigger guard, but he did not feel comfortable rust bluing the barrels with the Ivory beads.

I am flip flopping on even having it done, as the barrels have a nice patina to them, and I just will have to make sure I don't let them sit if they get wet.

But... If when I get the gun back, and I decide to so more of a full restore of it, who would you guys recommend as a good gunsmith to do this. Is it possible to have done, withouth damaging the ivory beads, if it's not, that's a deal breaker as I'd rather keep the ivory beads, and the thin bluing.

Also, about how long a turnaround are people seeing for this sort of work. I assume I could just ship the barrels...
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BTW, I apologize if I put this in wrong forum... I originally read it as Damascus barrels and Steel as in Steel barrels.
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I've done lots of barrels with ivory beads with no issue -you shouldn't have any issue
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I have done barrels with ivory beads, just have to take care when carding them off around the beads. I do it by hand, and not a wire wheel.
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For the most part they make it through the rust bluing process just fine. They will usually darken some and discolor a little. And mid beads can be delicate and are easy to break off if care is not taken.
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Thanks for input guys, I'm leaning on having it done, but if it meant losing the ivory beads I wouldn't even consider it.

Thanks again!
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I've done many barrels with ivory beads. As Brian stated they will discolor a bit and darken to a yellowish color. I don't find this a problem on vintage guns as it looks like the patina of age.
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