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Caption: The color case-hardening has to be seen to be believed, and the rifle sports the original lever lock on the stock.
Like most of the guns I own, I don't use it as often as I'd like, but it truly is one of my favorites: Sleek, slick and fairly simple, it's only real embellishment is Turnbull's amazing color case-hardening, and although the action is new Browning instead of vintage Winchester, the only visual concession to modernity is a thin rubber recoil pad.
I base my assumption on the fact that the case-hardening colors run into these depressions.
LEE's case-hardening process employs a custom-built magnetic frequency generator allows for precise control during the manufacturing procedure.
The case-hardening on the frame is slightly faded but is readily discernable.
Components feature case-hardening and tempering treatments to prevent wear and loss of precision.