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DarinCraft 02-10-2011 11:24 PM

Stock re-finishing on my Winchester 1917 Enfield.
I bought this gun about three years ago not knowing anything about it other than it was a 30-06. I knew nothing about bolt guns back then and did not do any research. Shame on me. Turned out it's a Winchester 1917 that had been sporterized. The bore is in great shape, but the bluing is worn out and the stock looking like my old neighbor used it to pound nails. After talking to Don "CA357" I was encouraged to refinish the stock like he did with his Eddystone. I have no idea if the stock is the factory one that had been hacked and chopped or if this is an aftermarket. Either way it was in rough shape. It had been stained with no top coat at all. There were large chunks missing here and there and the checkering was destroyed.

I knew if I wanted the checkering to stay I would have to start from scratch for two reasons. One it was rolled in so the checkering repair would not match and like I said it was shot.

I also wanted a recoil pad seeing the steel one with the meat tenderizer pattern was not very comfortable. This is the stock I started with.

DarinCraft 02-10-2011 11:25 PM

I started out by using a 1/4 sheet sander with 60 grit and went to town. I sanded until the checkering was gone and any other damage. I tried to sand the old stain off, however in some places the stain had penetrated so deep it was not reasonable. Also since I was starting from scratch, I decided to reshape the pistol grip to fit my hand a little better. I also added a medium Hogue grind to fit recoil pad. I used a belt sander to get the rough shaped and then back to the 60 grit to blend it in to the contour. The next step was to hand sand the stock with 100 to get rid of the sanding scratches. Then I sanded with 220 to smooth the wood out. I didn’t take any progress pictures but this is what it looked like sanded and reshaped. Pretty darn nice for claro walnut. After looking at it for the 8+ hrs of sanding I really started to like the stock without the checkering so I left it.

DarinCraft 02-10-2011 11:26 PM

After finish sanding, I put three coats Birchwood Casey’s sealer and filler. Then six coats of their gun stock oil. Knocking each coat down with 000 steel wool. The last coat of oil was too glossy for my tastes so I dulled it out with the steel wool, which of course made it too dull. So I polished it with Flitz gun polishing compound and here is the finished product.

CA357 02-10-2011 11:59 PM

It's beautiful Darin. Well done. :)

DarinCraft 02-11-2011 12:05 AM

Thanks Don

M14sRock 02-24-2011 02:20 AM

How in the world did I miss this thread!?

It turned out great DC. The 1917 is one of my favorite rifles, and I have trouble passing them up.

How does she shoot?

darkbarrel 02-24-2011 04:12 PM

That turned out pretty good man. I like it without the checkering too

dunerunner 02-24-2011 04:22 PM

Well done Darin, another restoration performed flawlessly! Simply beautiful!

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