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Old 08-29-2019, 10:10 PM
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Raw linseed oil is what was used. Does a great job on all of mine these days.
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Old 09-03-2019, 04:19 PM
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Respectfully and with every intention of not offending anyone, the rationale behind 75 years of handling resulting in extremely minor (if uniform) scratches is speculation at best.

Either somebody put them there purposefully (seems unlikely), they are from some sort of refinishing effort, or they were a result of 'normal' handling such as a stock was jammed into a crate, rack, bin, barrel, or similar. Again respectfully I can see nothing that means these scratches have anything behind them in terms of a meaningful message. Minor blemish for a milsurp in my opinion. Also as an opinion, it likely happened without a rifle in the wood. That's just a gut feeling.

Who can account for people's ideas? I read an article once about a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona with roof damage. An owner used the car to haul plywood, balanced from the roof to the wing.
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Old 09-03-2019, 05:41 PM
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i have a mcfarland garand stock with similar marks. i was told they were made during production. as the knives or blades or whatever they're called wore they left marks on stocks as they turned on the machine.
i had the same reaction as you billy.
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Old 09-03-2019, 06:03 PM
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Thanks, makes sense. They are way more uniform especially on the belly than the pictures show.



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i have a mcfarland garand stock with similar marks. i was told they were made during production. as the knives or blades or whatever they're called wore they left marks on stocks as they turned on the machine.
i had the same reaction as you billy.
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Old 09-03-2019, 06:33 PM
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I’ve seen very similar rough shaping “scratches” or grooves in the grips of ORIGINAL (un-sanded) grips on the U.S. M1905 bayonets.
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Old 09-04-2019, 12:19 AM
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i have a mcfarland garand stock with similar marks. i was told they were made during production. as the knives or blades or whatever they're called wore they left marks on stocks as they turned on the machine.
i had the same reaction as you billy.

I was thinking along these lines myself. If you have seen videos of stocks being made, they spin lengthwise like a rotisserie, while a blade shapes the wood following a template. Kind of like making a key, but spinning. Or more simply, like a lathe, but with an eccentric pattern.
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Old 09-04-2019, 11:39 AM
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https://imgur.com/a9gZyeB
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Old 09-04-2019, 04:08 PM
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Well, they are definitely the same type of scratches so I feel pretty confident with what you were told and looks like that applies to both our stocks. Kinda cool actually.





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Old 10-03-2019, 10:32 PM
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Those scratches are called tool marks. They are from the machines used to make the stocks.
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