I shot a friend's 1916 SMLE and said "I gotta get one of those!" I opted for an Ishapore due to the availability (relatively speaking) of 7.62 NATO. This this being said, my rifle is a 1964 2A. The finish is hard to determine, as some parts are clearly blued, while others (magazine in particular) have a parkerized finish. All the parts have matching serial numbers. There is a gunsmith near me I am taking the rifle to for all the metal to be refinished (long story as to why I am not going to attempt it, but hinges on my small apartment, limited tools, and my pets). They specialize in hot black oxide finishes but state that they can also apply baked on finishes (costs are roughly equal).
My question to folks: Should I go for black oxide (deep blue) finish OR go with a satin black baked on finish (which would be similar to the original suncorite finish on the Ishapore) ???
My thought is "deep blue finish on an Ishapore might look a bit weird" hence maybe opting for the baked on black with just the rear sight blued and polished up.