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Old 06-26-2018, 08:01 PM
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They are looking great. I have learned a lot going thru your tips. Great resource. Thanks for posting this.
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Old 06-26-2018, 08:11 PM
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They are looking great. I have learned a lot going thru your tips. Great resource. Thanks for posting this.
Thank you sir. These do have character. Some of the foreign ones are really looking nice. That stripey one I am trying to hide in the pictures is not for sale

It may be nicer than one of my M14 stocks.


But not this one

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Old 07-04-2018, 07:35 PM
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What better way to celebrate "Merca than working on stocks?

I finished sanding the 4 pins in the 1903A3 stock. I used a dremel with sanding drum to get the brass down to the wood, then finished with sandpaper on a block. Hint: as you get closer with the dremel, turn the speed down so it goes slower.

I found a small chip in the heel so I decided to try superglue. I filled the depression with superglue, placed a pinch of dust on it and pressed, then sprayed accelerator. I sanded immediately with a block, found a few low spots so I repeated. Total was about 10 minutes to repair it,

I then sanded the stock with a pad sander and 150 grit paper. I had already sanded the stock, this step was to get it all matching as my sanding on the pins and gouges had resulted in some smoother areas.
Here is the result after a wipe down with a cloth.





Now I have started on the stain. This is USSR stain, available here:
http://forums.thecmp.org/showthread.php?t=27670
Consider supporting your fellow hobbiest forum members. Just saying.

It's easy to apply (a folded square of paper towel). Middle looks a bit dark in the picture, and the front of course has no stain. The cartouches popped out nicely. I took no special precautions, I just avoided them during most work and carefully sanded around them, and a few passes over them with the pad sander.
To get the color to match just keep rubbing, adding a drop of stain when needed. I buffed with a cloth when done; I'll check tomorrow and touch up if needed, and start the oiling.



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Old 07-07-2018, 11:41 AM
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Here is the repaired stock after the stain has dried.



Color is smooth and even.
Here is is next to an untouched, unoiled CMP (Boyds?) C-stock.



The USSR stain is nearly black in the bottle, it goes on smooth and in my opinion has a good amount of red.

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Old 07-08-2018, 05:34 PM
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Here are some from the 1st batch; I'm calling these done.
2- 10 top to bottom


2 is the winner in this group; barely used, crisp DAS stamp. It was cracked in half through the left magwell; an easy and solid repair. Almost impossible to see on the outside.
5 is interesting; very smooth with a spliced heel and some filled slices on the bottom. Lots of character.

6-9 top to bottom


6 and 9 have Dane markings, 9 has the custom soldier-made "checkering" on the pistol grip.

10-13 top to bottom


11 is a nice birch stock. 12 is foreign, very dense and heavy; would be an excellent stock to bed. It's not soaking up oil. 13 is a nice dirty (that's all woodgrain, not actual dirt) birch. I tried to darken it with stain, no real effect. It's starting to grow on me.
Look for these on the for sale forum soon.
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Old 11-30-2019, 06:39 PM
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Zvenoman is back.
We moved to a nice mountaintop Zvenohome in the spring (2019) and between work and other domestic pursuits I am just now getting the milsurp workshop setup. Taking 3 weeks of vacation; long overdue.




I made some racks for a few Garand stocks


I made a few other racks


Room doubles as a storm shelter, it's underground and alarmed and the wood-and-steel firearms now have their own space.
I have another workshop for non-firearm pursuits, with a taller ceiling as well.
Looking forward to getting back to milsurp work, and soon the smell of BLO will make it perfect.
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Old 02-25-2020, 09:11 PM
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It's been a while.
I was strolling through the LGS and look, a squirrel.....
Snagged a neat Savage-Stevens 87H .22 tube fed. These "gill guns" were made from the 30s through the 50s. I knew nothing about them or the value so of course bought it. I have a soft spot for cheap neglected rimfires and always wanted a tube fed (I also want a lever gun, send karma my way). Later research shows them to be nice rimfires and I got a good deal. 24" barrel and a nice condition Ajax 4x vintage scope.
Of course the stock looked like it had potential.
I took it apart, small parts in the ultrasonic, swabbed and coated with Hoppes and the next day it cleaned up great, bore looked perfect and bluing is great.
I stripped the stock (citrusstrip from WM), it took 2 sessions, coat-set (1 hr)-scrub with scotchbrite under water hose. Strangely it did not raise the grain at all, no sanding required (I figured I'd need to smooth the fibers). Stock wood looks like walnut, nice color and grain. I gave it a week (it needed 1 day but I was lazy) to dry and rubbed in 1 coat of Fairtrimmers Military Ox oil. Glad I stocked up, I don't think it is available anymore. 1 coat was all it needed. The 2 coats of BLO-Turp, sit for 30 min then wipe, dry 1 hr then repeat. Then 2-3 coats of 100% BLO, same method. Last pic is next day after all that dried. This weekend (when I see it in the daylight) I will evaluate, maybe done, maybe more oil or maybe Tom's 1/3 wax.
It's interesting, most of the cheap rimfires I have picked up had the ugly spray on tinted varnish yet had nice looking wood underneath.
I had no intention of doing anything but cleaning it up and finding it a new home, but of course I'll probably keep it. So far my sell rate on these projects has been 0% (due to not wanting to move them out).
Note the pic rubbing on the Fairtrimmers looks dark (it is), but most rubs off. You use it just like BLO, rub in, let sit 30-60 min then wipe dry.







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