Originally Posted by CA357
It came out great! Nice job.
Ditto ARnoob very nice work!
Major, welcome to the FTF..This being your first posting, I'd advise that you go to the intro thread and tell us a little about yourself.. that being said, to some extent I agree with your comments concerning putting too much spit and polish into our firearms "HOWEVER", as you may already know, some battle rifles come with shelac finishes already on them for example the Mosin Nagant.
I'm a proponent of restoring old milsurps and have been doing so for several years. Most of the stock work I do ends up with probably more sheen to it than came from the factory but then again I'm taking steps to preserve the finish and want the wood and the firearm to last for many more years to come. I don't intend to ever take the rifle into battle as was the case when they were first built so feel somewhat justified in applying a better finish to my projects. I would go far enough to argue that in some cases the finish I've applied may be just the same finish that the firearm had when it was first fielded.
In either case, you've got purists and you've got restorers.. Purists love the dents and dings and restorers don't.