|Project by junipercanyon||posted 02-10-2012 04:05 PM||4731 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
I have had this rifle for about 10 years, and has been neglected for most of them. I don’t know why, but one day it just looked at me the right way, and I was inspired to refinish it. The stock was originally a very blonde wood (birch) that had 40+ years of grime on it from less than careful handling. It was nicked, dinged, scratched,...... basically abused from years of bouncing around the back of a pickup or 4 wheeler as a cheap gun is meant to be used. I sanded the stock down from 120 to 220 on the orbital, and then hand sanding with 320 and 400 with a final buff with steel wool. I finished it with 3 coats of dark walnut stain, 3 coats of satin polycrylic, and 1 coat of glossy polycrylic. This little rifle is now ready to be passed to my son this year for his 12 birthday, and will hopefully have a much less abused existence than it has been accustomed to!!
This is a Springfield model 840 bolt action 30-30. After some research I have found that this a pretty rare gun, (rare doesn’t mean valuable). The model 840 is the economy version of the model 340 design with the stock being made from birch wood rather than maple. I am able to date this gun pre-1975 due to the way the bolt action and safety work together that was changed in 1975.
-- Juniper Canyon Design