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.