|Forum topic by Sparks8286||posted 03-08-2015 05:26 AM||1714 views||0 times favorited||18 replies|
03-08-2015 05:26 AM
I’m in the process of rebuilding this gun that I recently found in the back of my dad’s shed. I know there’s a TON of these guns out there and still in use so it’s not worth a huge amount of money, but it’s still a piece of history and I’d like to hold on to it and make it what it once was. Everything appears to be original on the gun (the only thing it’s missing is the bayonet) and I’d like to keep it that way. Once I get all the metal taken care of I’ll start working on the stock, but I need some help. I can’t find any information on how the stock was originially finished. Does anybody out there have this information or know where I can find it? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
And just a little extra something, I also found two other guns along with the Enfield. Those are just about finished other than having the barrels honed. The first is a Mossberg 835 UltiMag (sorry, no before pictures). No woodworking involved in this one due to the synthetic stock, but it was still a fun project and I wanted to share it. I stripped the gun down, polished the internals and put on a new finish using Brownell’s Aluma-Hyde II in coyote color.
The third gun is a Marlin Glenfield Model 60 .22 LR semi-auto. I don’t know the exact age of this one, but it’s pre ‘83 when Remington took over the model 60 from Marlin. Again, the interals were cleaned and polished, the metal was cleaned and a new finish put on using (again) Brownell’s Aluma-Hyde II in black this time. Obviously, I did some work to the stock. Turns out there was a nice piece of birch under that turd-brown original finish. I sanded the stock down, leaving the original dark finish in the low parts of the checkering. It gives it a nice look, I think. I sanded it down to 220, wiped it down with some boiled linseed oil, followed by a coat of Minwax natural stain and three wiped-on coats of Minwax semi-gloss polyurethane. I realize this isn’t a traditional gunstock finish, but it’s what I had on hand and I think it’ll do just fine.
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