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Best way to polish ss fluted barrel

I just took ownership of a new Broughton barrel that they fluted for me. It looks almost like it was blued and was told that the discoloration is caused from the final stress relief process. I want to clean it up and polish it. What is the best method to do so and what should I use?
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    Re: Best way to polish ss fluted barrel

    Just get after the flutes with some #0000 steelwool. Then when it is chucked up for the thread and chamber do the outside while in the lathe spinning.

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    Re: Best way to polish ss fluted barrel

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    I just took ownership of a new Broughton barrel that they fluted for me. It looks almost like it was blued and was told that the discoloration is caused from the final stress relief process. I want to clean it up and polish it. What is the best method to do so and what should I use?
    Makes me sick, why the job wasn't finished properly for you? We, none gunsmiths,
    should not have to deal with that kind of garbage.

    I'm sure I'm missing something here!
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    Eaglet, Tim at Broughton explained this to me while I was orderng my last barrel. He told me exactly how it would look when I got it,, before I paid for it. He stated that they use to take the sharp edges off the flutes and polish the barrels , but some smiths complained that they didn't want the edges touched and wanted to do the polish their selves. Some bead blast them or bead blast only the flutes and then hit the outside while spinning them. It gives a easy two tone look that accents the flutes. This is the easiest process and a look I personally like. The brownish look it comes with from the heating process is really not hard to remove while cleaning up after the maching is done.

    I can agree it is not what you would expect to see when you open your new barrel for the first time. But that memory will soon be forgoten if it shoots like the two Broughtons I have.

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    Re: Best way to polish ss fluted barrel

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    Makes me sick, why the job wasn't finished properly for you? We, none gunsmiths,
    should not have to deal with that kind of garbage.

    I'm sure I'm missing something here!
    SOME barrel blanks are made for 'smiths to work with and finish and are not advertised or expected to be 'drop-in'. It's not 'garbage', thats the way it is if you want 'custom'.
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    Re: Best way to polish ss fluted barrel

    Brownells sells a barrel holding fixture made up of a fixed live center (stub) and a sliding live center. I'm pretty sure you can make your own. Get crown savers from Newlin (little brass centers). Put your barrel on it between centers and spin it against a fine wire wheel. Be sure to put oil on it and wear long apron,jacket, gloves and a full face shield. I've heard of doing it on the lathe but never had satisfactory results that way. Better than nothing,maybe but was always rippley for me.

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    Re: Best way to polish ss fluted barrel

    Here's a nice polishing fixture that Chad Dixon makes.

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