I've got an idea stuck in my head after sitting on my rear all winter w/o work, and with only limited work comming up (part time...curse my passion for Non-Profit organizations), and I just need to get it onto the bench! The idea is that I want to turn my good quality M44 into a Victorian styled show weapon. What that means is that I want to remove all basic black paint on all steel parts, remove the stock, sand it down and refinish it to Steinway quality, polish the bolt and bayonete to a mirror finish, and then brass plate all metal hardware not related to stabbing or chambering a round. Now, my question is has anyone brass plated hardware before? I was looking into doing it myself, but that might be a bit too costly. Also, how much mass does that add to the steel. The parts that I'm thinking about plating are the stock clips, buttstock, outer receiver, triggerguard and magazine casing. Of course, if I can get the cleaning rod plated as well that would be a good score. Anyone with experience in this?