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Old 02-14-2017, 10:59 PM
Kestrel4k Kestrel4k is offline
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Originally Posted by Mike762 View Post
[...] Most of the parts seem to be HRA.
Seems the trigger group is SA.
CMP staff switches the TG's between SA & HRA rifles so as to give us things to do on cold winter nights.
And to get us to buy add'l rifles ... ;-)
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Old 02-14-2017, 11:05 PM
BARFTS BARFTS is offline
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As everyone has pointed out you received a very nice service grade. The stock is just dirty. I can't see many dings in your pictures. The butt stock and hand guards look like a very good match. Your barrel has good wear readings, and if it is dated 8/55 and is an HR, it is correct for your receiver serial number. This rifle easily meets the criteria for a service grade. If you return it for an exchange you could very easily get something worse in return.

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Old 02-14-2017, 11:22 PM
TSimonetti TSimonetti is offline
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long storage does all sorts of things to wood, but usually nothing fatal. Some lemon oil on a shop towel or with some 000 steel wool should take all of that mold off. Or you can use some raw linseed oil for the same result.

Otherwise you have a very desirable SG. HRA with HRA barrel and what looks to be very good finish and barrel readings. Your rifle is very representative of an above average Service Grade believe people when they tell you that.

CMP should have no problem replacing the gas cylinder if that ends up being a deal killer, let them know. They will make it right.
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Old 02-14-2017, 11:53 PM
Jackson1 Jackson1 is offline
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A 4.39 Springfield SG I received a couple weeks ago had white-ish green fuzzy crud that looked just like that on the stock and front handguard. A quick swipe with a soft bristled brush took care of it and then a wipe down with RLO and you would never have known it was there. Give it a cleaning and you'll be good to go.
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Old 02-15-2017, 12:14 AM
Radionicist Radionicist is offline
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Originally Posted by Mike762 View Post
Thanks for the advice everyone, makes me feel a lot better. I'll keep it and fix up the stock. I still contact CMP about the gas cylinder. What is better boiled linseed oil or tung oil? I've used BLO before but never tung.
Either is fine, and they will deliver similar results. The stock looks to have an original finish below the grime, so you won't need too much work to make it look nice. I'd clean using turpentine, let dry, then mix BLO and turpentine 50/50, apply liberally and let soak for a few hours, then wipe down and allow to sit for a couple of days. Repeat as necessary (you'll know when the wood stops absorbing the oil mix), finish with a straight coat of BLO, and you're all set.

Good luck!
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Old 02-15-2017, 12:29 AM
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Originally Posted by krdomingue View Post
If it was me, I would take a steel punch and tap the bayonet lug back out. Two minute fix.
+1....I have a brass punch that would probably work too.
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Old 02-15-2017, 12:55 AM
lapriester lapriester is offline
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Well, you got a Service Grade that meets SG criteria. Did you expect it to come with a clean, refinished and oiled stock, fully lubed, pristine and ready to shoot? Seriously? If so, your expectations were far too high. You got a nice rifle there BTW. Many would give their left nut to get a SG that nice especially an HRA. It's probably a 60-70 year old stock that needs some VERY minor clean up and it's a USGI stock as well. My God man, count your blessings that you actually got a Walnut USGI stock on the rifle instead of one of the oversized, ill fitting CMP repro stocks. That one looks like it's in very good condition too with few dents and dings.

You'll never get that bayo lug fixed unless you take a Dremel to it and that wouldn't take much work to get the bayo to mount. I don't remember CMP guaranteeing that a bayo would fit on the rifle in the SG criteria but, if it's an issue for you, before you start grinding or beating on it, discuss that with CMP. I'll wager a different GC would be on it's way in no time. That's just they way they do things.

I'll bet, with the shortage of SG's these days you could sell that one to a dozen people, for a profit, in a NY minute.
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Old 02-15-2017, 05:44 AM
Orlando Orlando is offline
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You should never compare grades by what others post pictures of. You should carfeully read the grade description and expect to get exactly that.
Thas a darn nice Garand and you should be glad thats what they sent you
"I am the master of my unspoken words, and a slave to those that should have remained unspoken. ...
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:05 AM
TSimonetti TSimonetti is offline
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The OP is a brand new poster and new Garand owner. He has been shown the light and has seen the light. Read his three posts. No need to pile on anymore.
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:08 AM
nobody nobody is offline
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That's a beautiful rifle !! I love old dirty stocks, just wipe off the (mold ?) and leave it as is.
Most of my cmp rifles I have I never do much to the stocks, just a little wipe down. .
Congratulations on a good looking H&R.
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