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Old 01-09-2011, 04:55 PM   #11
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Darin, DO NOT PAINT THE WOOD! Damn, there is some nice grain there - sand it and give it a hand-rubbed oil finish.
Sanding will destroy the checkering......
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Strip the wood, don't sand it. If you're not comfortable doing it, send it up here to me and I'll strip and refinish it with Tru-Oil for you. You just pay the shipping.
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Sanding will destroy the checkering......
Oh I don't have to worry about that, the checkering is shot...lol. the left palm swell has big chunks taken out of it. I am considering ordering the tools to try my hand at checkering.The reason I posted this and the scope thread was to see if there was something I could order for this as well. I hate paying shipping for two orders.
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Strip the wood, don't sand it. If you're not comfortable doing it, send it up here to me and I'll strip and refinish it with Tru-Oil for you. You just pay the shipping.
That's the nicest offer someone has ever made for me here...thanks. you are a great man Don.
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No sweat, you're welcome.
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I gave some serious consideration to sending my stock to CA357, but then I thought the stock is already shot, how bad can I mess it up. I started sanding and 3 hrs later I am done with step one.

Wow, I am glad I did this. I discovered some great wood under all that bull spit and horse manure that was used to finish (read: coat) it before. I started with a 1/4 sheet sander (60 grit) and worked my way down to 180 grit by hand. Since the owner before me sanded most of the checkering out and when he screwed it up decided to use it to build a fence I went ahead and sanded the checkering the rest of the way out.

I am going to order some tools to re-checker the stock and look around to see if I want to give the stock a light oil coating or stain and clear it.

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That's a nice looking stock Darin. Take a little Clorox on a rag and hit the dark spots where the deep marks are and see if they lighten up any.
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That's a nice looking stock Darin. Take a little Clorox on a rag and hit the dark spots where the deep marks are and see if they lighten up any.
I will try that. I kept hitting those areas with sand paper but stopped before I wound up with a toothpick
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Remington made some of these after the war, Model 30s. It is what it is, a sporterized Model 1917. I have two left that have been rebarreled to 25-06, and a 6MM Remington calibers and are tack driving shooters. These are heavy excellent rifles that were a lot of fun to put gunsmithing skills to use. Back in the sixties when these were built materials such as barrels, tooling, quality stocks, triggers, were reasonable and top notch. The 1917 Enfields were scarce with good barrels due to corrosive ammo at the time. However, I have seen some that when good, shot excellently. It appears the protective ears on yours have been milled or ground off, and the barrel shortened? and probably tapped and drilled for a scope. Magazine bulge taken out, a lot of expensive now, work done on it. If a great barrel on it, I would have it reblued, and refinish your wooden stock by sanding, and finish of your choice Thru Oil or Tung Oil. Paint? That sucks just hearing it. Spend some time and the end product will be something of pride, rather than a Bubba job!
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