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If most of the bluing is still there, try Oxpho-Blue from Brownells, 641-623-4000 or It’s an instant cold blue, priced under $10 for a 4-ounce bottle, that will touch up worn areas. If most of the bluing is gone, the only real solution is a gunsmith who can hot-blue the whole gun, which will probably cost $100 or a little more.

Q: What do you think of the .44 Magnum in a rifle such as Ruger’s Deerfield carbine for whitetails in the Michigan woods? Ranges would probably 100 yards max. I currently shoot heavier calibers, but one buddy is convinced these .44 rifles are plenty. Do you think there’s any possibility Ruger may chamber the Deerfield in the new .480 Ruger? The extra energy would make me feel better, but the .44 may be enough.–J.B.

A: Rifles chambered for the .44 Magnum work fine on whitetails under 100 yards, but their blunt, slow bullets drop very fast beyond 100 yards, making sure hits very difficult. But if all my shots at deer came under 100 yards, I’d be as happy with a .44 Magnum rifle as any other cartridge. If it’s mechanically feasible and there’s enough demand, I’m sure Ruger will chamber their little rifles for the .480. But I doubt you’d see much difference in the field. Deer are not killed by “foot-pounds of energy,” but by bullets that punch a good-sized hole all the way through the heart-lung cavity. A .44 Magnum does that quite neatly.