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Old 08-31-2012, 01:21 PM
gunny gunny is offline
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Coming along nicely. Another coat of linseed oil and let it set about 30 minutes. Wipe it down to remove excess. Let it thoroughly dry for a day or two, then steel or brass wool it with 0000 and do another coat of linseed. Others may chime in with their favorite procedures for finishing up. Maybe a coat of Feibring's Dark brown wiped of quickly will give it just a touch more brown to match you hand guard. Or, strip the HG and stain it to match the stock....
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:31 PM
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Thanks Gunny. I've already applied one coat of linseed oil, but it seemed to take alot of the red/brown out of it. I let it soak a bit, then did a thorough wipe down. I have used steel wool previously, but I'm trying some new 3m finishing pads that have been doing a great job in only removing the little specs of fuzz or random dust particle. I have some Tom's wax ordered and it should be here as I'm ready for it. As for the hand guard, in this picture it looks a bit darker (not improved by the bad lighting), but it has a dark spot around the op-rod (I'm guessing from years of oil/grease being kicked around). The rest of it matches so well that I am more than satisfied with it. My Garand and 1903a1 Springfield both have the same dark areas around the upper hand guard/action, that I might as well keep the tradition going. Once again, thanks so much for the help and comments!
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