01-29-2008, 12:57 PM
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They are from left to right..
German Mauser K98, this is one of those War Captures refinished in Russia. Its a 1939 with mostly matching numbers. Very clear Waffen marks with very minor rust pitting. Overall a very good buy.
Sig AMT. .308 Battle Rifle based on Stg57 rifle. standard 20 rd clip. This one has a Hensoldt/Zeiss Scope.
Moisin 91/30 for a friend. I already have one and a carbine. These are now going for about 50 bucks only with a Hex Receiver.
Schmidt Rubin K31. Very cool straight pull 7.5mm swiss rifle.
01-29-2008, 01:03 PM
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01-29-2008, 01:45 PM
looks like you've got some tiger stripe on that stock.....it took me months to tastefully refinish the wood on mine but what a beaut that walnut can turn out to be.
01-29-2008, 05:27 PM
the stock on the one I got has small dents on it. Not a great long term sample but a good shooter.
01-30-2008, 04:57 AM
Furniture stripper, denatured alcohol, bleach, engine cleaner wood bleach and hot water were used to get the cosmo off. My wife about crapped her pants when she caught me in the shower with the stock scrubbing away at it with here luffa.
Dent removal follow next. The bet method that I found for this was the wifes scunci steamer. She bought this thing years ago and it had been sitting in the basement unopened. After a few sessions with a wet cloth and an iron I remembered we had this thing. If Fusilier's K31 is anything like mine there are dents every where.....especially towards the heel of the stock. The steamer saved me a lot of time.
Sanding came next after allowing the stock to dry for a few weeks. I started with a 150 and worked all the way to 0000 steal wool. The sanding dust was kept so that I could mix it with epoxy and fill a few of the gouges that could not be steamed out.
The staining method I used was mixing clothing dye with thinner. It mixed very well and left a nice even color behind without having to do numerous applications. At this point the wood is very thirsty what with all the pours wide open. The thought behind the clothing dye is that it would not take into the wood as quickly as alcohol based stain allowing for a more even finish.
Lastly, hand rubbed warm linseed oil. In the past I've tried both schlack and tung oil with decent results. The linseed oil is by far the closest to a true military finish I've seen. Hand rubbing really fills the grain nicely and warming the oil a little on top of the furnace made it thinner and therefore easier to work with.
The project was so much fun. Purchase price of the rifle was 95 bucks. I spent twice that in wood working materials to finish this project. By far the most fun I've had in restoring a weapon. I always get comments at the range about how it looks to be a new issue rifle. That makes me about as happy as the results I get when sticking five rounds within an inch at 150 yards...this thing was always a shooter...now it looks like one again too.
01-30-2008, 05:05 AM
my little project, In fact all the C&R stuff you've posted pics of look to be in awesome condition......do you get to hand pick them?
I can already see that the wood of your K31 stock has some beautiful patterning under all those years. With some careful work that rifle could look much better than mine.
I shot mine a bunch before refinishing it. After finding it to be an accurate example I took the time to make it look nicer....no point in refinishing a dog!
01-30-2008, 06:36 AM
and always wanted to pick one up but didn't know where to start on the refinish. I'm gonna go get an Enfield this week and start a project like yours.
01-30-2008, 01:39 PM
01-30-2008, 06:07 PM
... also the most straightest-shooting FAL I've seen, at least in the midwest region summer shoots.
01-31-2008, 07:10 PM
I have nothing to add.
(Furniture is one of my other hobbies!)