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New BHP: Expoxy or Blued?

Discussion in 'The Browning Hi Power Club' started by CA_DUDE, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. CA_DUDE

    CA_DUDE Dude here.

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    So I'm ready to get me a Mark III. I wanted to get some opinions regarding the finishes. My brother in law got a new one that's blued. It's already driving him crazy with fingerprints. I have always preferred park'd. I'm ready to get the BHP with the epoxy finish, I just wanted to get some feedback regarding the durability of the epoxy finish.
     
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    rvrctyrngr Senior Moment

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    My 1995 MkIII has the matte finish. It's been a constant carry gun all these years with many thousands of rounds down range.

    Aside from some minor holster wear, it looks like the day I bought it.
     

  3. El_Ron1

    El_Ron1 AAAAAAAAGHHH!!!

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    It's very durable for normal use.
     
  4. Poohgyrr

    Poohgyrr GEC #15 sheepsfoot

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    My gunsmith had a hard time removing that finish, he said it was real tough.

    EDITED: Opps, that might have given the wrong impression. I had some work done on my MKIII, and it needed to be refinished. My 'smith said he had to remove that original finish first, and that it was difficult.
     
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  5. CA_DUDE

    CA_DUDE Dude here.

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    Cool, thanks for the replies. I had ordered it Sunday, I just have never had any experience with a epoxy finish, so I didn't know what to expect from it. I think bluing is beautiful, and my BIL's is real nice, but I hate fingerprints too and would rather spend time shooting it than wiping it down. I had my blued '91 Gov't park'd for that reason. Can't wait to get my Mark III.
     
  6. bac1023

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    You have to go with bluing on a Hi-Power.


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  7. CA_DUDE

    CA_DUDE Dude here.

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    The bluing on those are beautiful. The bluing on my bro in laws HP definitely put the bluing on my '91 to shame. I will get a blued HP at some point. I really wanted a shooter at this point so I that's why I went with the epoxy.
     
  8. El_Ron1

    El_Ron1 AAAAAAAAGHHH!!!

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    Blue's fine, so is Park, FN epoxy and a myriad of other finishes and coatings for actual use and carrying.
     
  9. Poohgyrr

    Poohgyrr GEC #15 sheepsfoot

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    Hi Powers are addicting. Congrats on your MKIII!
     
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    classic pistol deserves at least part classic bluing...;)...(he said knowing he just bought a his own Hi Power with a silver (hard) chromed frame)
    Bill
     
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  12. Brian Dover

    Brian Dover

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    My HP's get carried so I stay away from the blued ones. Owned one and while the bluing was very pretty, it didn't hold up to totin' duty well at all. And it's not like I haven't owned other blued pistols, or fail to take care of them. It's just that the bluing on that particular Browning went to hell in a hurry. Had to send it off for a Duracoat job, only time that has happened to me.

    Fortunately with subsequent HP purchases I've been able to find epoxy, epoxy/hardchome, or hardchrome used ones in very good shape at good prices.

    So if I ever get another blued one it will have to available on the cheap.

    And don't get me started on that digi-camo variant...it may or may not be durable but even my low level of aesthetic appreciation is violated by that rascal!
     
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    The bluing is beautiful, but the epoxy will be easyier to take care of.