I'm a lousy photographer and even worse when it comes to resizing pics and stuff like that. So maybe someone else can help with that.
However, I can help with the stock refinishing.
Disassemble the stock from the barreled action and strip it. Use a citrus type of stripper so you don't need to use water to neutralize it. That way water won't raise the grain.
I think you'll find that most, if not all of the scratches will disappear. They look mostly to be in the finish, not the wood itself. If that's the case, just lightly sand the stock with about 120 grit sandpaper. Then use a tack cloth to get all the sanding dust off.
Then you can use whatever finish you want to seal the wood. I'm partial to Tru-Oil. You can make it as matte or as glossy as you want.
I use 00 steel wool in between coats and 0000 after the last coat. Then I just buff it with a soft lint free rag.
I'm sure that others will be along to offer their suggestions as well. Good luck.
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Last edited by CA357; 03-09-2011 at 12:23 AM.