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This is a project I did a few years ago. I picked up a Stevens Model 15-A .22 Caliber rifle at a gun show for $25. Beneath 50 years of dingy finish and abuse was some great grain.
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#1 posted 12-12-2011 04:04 AM
Nice refinish. How did you do it?
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#2 posted 12-12-2011 04:12 AM
@Andy123: Thanks! I removed all of the metal pieces first. Then I used a piece of wire to suspend the stock in the air. I used a gel stripper to remove the old finish. I used steel wool and mineral spirits to fully clean the wood. I ended up with a very, very light stain (I don’t remember what color it was). The final coat was Helmsman Spar Urethane. Now if it would only shoot as nicely as it looks (it doesn’t) :)
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#3 posted 12-12-2011 04:32 AM
Nice job. Some of the crap they put on those rifles was terrible. It was like peeling off cracked glass. It came out great. Was the original fore tip painted? I noticed it is gone. I’ve never seen one that wasn’t a different kind of wood.
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#4 posted 12-12-2011 04:39 AM
@Don: Thanks. Yes, the original tip was painted. And that was the hardest part to get off. The entire stock is one kind of wood…not sure what it is, though.
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#5 posted 12-12-2011 04:47 AM
Nice work, that is some pretty grain that was hiding under there all these years.
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#6 posted 12-12-2011 05:41 AM
Wow… that’s it as soon as I get back from this business trip I’m stripping & refinishing my 70 year old .22
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#7 posted 12-12-2011 05:43 AM
Turned out nice!
-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence
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#8 posted 12-12-2011 10:55 PM
-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)
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#9 posted 12-13-2011 03:49 AM
Glass bedding may help with the accuracy. Was the fore end painted or was it an ebony cap?
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#10 posted 12-13-2011 05:31 AM
@MedicKen: The cap was painted black—it’s all one piece of wood.
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#11 posted 03-13-2012 09:08 PM
Try free floating the barrel. Loosen the retaining screws, slide a strip of sand paper down the channel, paper side against the barrel. Then pull the sandpaper like your buffing your boot. Do that till you can slide a piece of paper folded twice all the back to the action. Tighten the retaining screws till the action is properly seated. Check often with the folded paper.
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