if your rifle was still original blue, you wouldnt be able to see the dark ends from being anealed, id bet lunch that your rifle is phoshate finished..nothing wrong with it at all,. 17,s are 3.5% nickle steel and only surface hardened, blue takes real well to them, phosphate will make the annealed ring and tang stand out much more, cant hide the heat..
factory parkerized Eddstone and Remingtons were iron phosphate first then manganese phosphate to cover the well, they were only done for a short time, iron phosphate will give a dark flat black look. by Sept 1918 Remington and Eddystone were using phosphate coatings. you can coogle the Eddystone story and read for yourself.
Last edited by chuckindenver; 04-19-2012 at 10:50.
if it aint broke...fix it till it finally is.