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Big-Un

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Ruger loading gates are out of this world on the hardness scale. Combine that with the difficulty in securing them to cut and they can be frustrating. Great job!
Forgive my asking as I should know this, but how did you anneal the gate and regarded it? I have a small toaster oven in the studio and I'm wondering if that would do the job.
After it posted I noticed it quoted the wrong one, it was intended for JJ's post on annealing.
 

Crazy Horse

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Just wondering about 2 things.

J.J., Did you remove the barrel to engrave and is it really necessary to re-harden the loading gate???
 
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I have heard of a method used to anneal that uses steel foil and a rolled up piece of copy paper. I don't know the specifics, but the piece needing to be annealed is placed in a steel foil pouch with the copy paper, then sealed and baked. A benefit to this method is that it also preserves whatever finish exists.
 

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I have heard of a method used to anneal that uses steel foil and a rolled up piece of copy paper. I don't know the specifics, but the piece needing to be annealed is placed in a steel foil pouch with the copy paper, then sealed and baked. A benefit to this method is that it also preserves whatever finish exists.
Strelok,
The stainless steel wrap method you mention will work but it will not preserve the original finish. The idea behind the small piece of paper included in the wrap, usually a piece of cigarette paper, is that as it burns it consumes most of the oxygen in the wrap and limits the amount of oxidation of the enclosed part.
The part and package still need to reach critical temperature (red hot) and cool slowly to anneal the part.
A good way to obtain a slow cool is to bury the red hot package in crushed charcoal, clean dry sand or powdered carbon.
 

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