Hi all. I'm interested in building muzzleloaders as a hobby, and I have been wondering about finishes, as in which one would be more historically accurate for the firearm I'm building. I really like the blued finish, and I am reasonably certain I can do rust bluing with the equipment that I have. I am not sure how historically accurate this is, but I usually see either a blue or a bright metal finish on arms dating from the 1840's on up through the civil war. Examples including the Enfield rifle-muskets and revolvers of the period. However, some of my planned projects (including a matched pair of colt navy pistols) include a flintlock swiveling breech rifle and a northwest trade musket, both of which I'm sure would have been popular up until the 1830's. So for that period in question (late 18th century up through the end of the fur trade era), other than the bare metal finish on military weapons, which would be more historically correct? Browning or bluing?