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Posted: 8/7/2017 12:14:45 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/8/2017 4:54:44 PM EST by Mossyrocks]
I picked up a Winchester Super Grade that I really like, but am a bit disappointed in the finish. I found some flaws in the sunlight over the weekend I'm not happy about, so in typical "me" fashion, I'm going to try my hand at refinishing before ordering a walnut from Boyd's.

I prefer not to send the rifle back because to be honest, I have zero faith in most workers to do anything right these days. If they gave a damn it wouldn't be like this in the first place. If you want it done right, you've got to do it yourself... So why not take the opportunity to try and learn something, it's the kind of project I typically enjoy anyway. And I am experienced at finishing wood trim, so not a total noobie.

I'll bet there's a good looking piece of Walnut under all that shit.

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Link Posted: 8/7/2017 12:15:32 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/7/2017 12:17:35 PM EST by Mossyrocks]
I ordered the stuff today, so I'll update this as I go.

As it sits now.

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Link Posted: 8/7/2017 12:18:59 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/7/2017 12:24:15 PM EST by DesignatedMarksman]
World's Best Oil Finish
Courtesy of dfariswheel on The High Road

I did this on a 67 year old shotgun earlier this year.  It's absolutely beautiful and has held up nicely.  I'll put some pics up later.
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 1:35:02 PM EST
Had a bit of a mishap with stripper on the plastic forend tip, but I think It'll be okay. If all else fails I'll learn how to re-tip a stock.

Stripping and scraping.

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Halfway through sanding.

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First coat of Pilkington golden brown finish.

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Link Posted: 8/13/2017 1:37:02 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 6:36:48 AM EST
Boy that stock has some nice figure.  Looking forward to seeing it finished!
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 6:45:24 AM EST
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Originally Posted By DesignatedMarksman:
Boy that stock has some nice figure.  Looking forward to seeing it finished!
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Thanks, that's why I can't understand why there was so much shit on it. They went out of their way to cover it up.
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 6:49:48 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/14/2017 7:27:36 AM EST by Mossyrocks]
It had no tackiness late last night so I went ahead and put another coat on. I'm bare hand rubbing it in, mixed 1/3,2/3 finish and mineral spirits. Pretty therapeutic to feel the grain this way, been stressful at work lately.

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Link Posted: 8/14/2017 6:53:54 AM EST
Tagged. The rifle... Not you
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 8:40:06 PM EST
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Haha, hopefully.
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 8:43:32 PM EST
Four coats in, starting to get a slight sheen going and darkening a bit more without hiding the figure.

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Link Posted: 8/16/2017 6:50:37 AM EST
Please keep posting pics, that looks like an exceptional piece of wood!
Link Posted: 8/18/2017 5:11:25 PM EST
Friday has arrived. More wet sanding with the finish, it's starting to not soak anymore of it in.

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Link Posted: 8/18/2017 5:26:11 PM EST
With flash, I'm on coat 7.

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Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:06:19 AM EST
Looks fantastic, good job.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 5:31:28 PM EST
Looking good!!
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 5:41:47 PM EST
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Friday has arrived. More wet sanding with the finish, it's starting to not soak anymore of it in.

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Probably one of the few times you can with a straight face say you are drinking a nice bourbon and hand rubbing oil into your wood. I hand rubbed some PTO into some of my old M1 Garand stocks and amazing what oil can do to bring out the figure in walnut.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:10:13 PM EST
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Probably one of the few times you can with a straight face say you are drinking a nice bourbon and hand rubbing oil into your wood. I hand rubbed some PTO into some of my old M1 Garand stocks and amazing what oil can do to bring out the figure in walnut.
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Absolutely, I may have to take it up as hobby. Stock finishing too.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:12:00 PM EST
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Looks fantastic, good job.
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Looks fantastic, good job.
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Looking good!!
Thanks guys. It's curing glossy at the moment, then I'll sand it back down and oil it.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 9:40:49 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/23/2017 9:44:37 PM EST by Mossyrocks]
Cured enough for another round of sanding tonight, first 320 grit, then 00 steel wool.

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You can see the cured finish/slurry in the pores and the surface feels like silk.

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First coat of hand rubbed oil, wiped with t-shirt after about 10 minutes.

*If you look closely, you can just make out a glass once full of whiskey, still wet from only moments before...*

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Link Posted: 8/23/2017 9:46:54 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 10:17:50 PM EST
Looks great OP I might dig through the safe and find a wood piece to redo

Do you mind taking a picture showing the entire stock?
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 10:22:54 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/23/2017 10:30:36 PM EST by wingsnthings]
I usually mask off the checkering and finish separately with a thinner oil like fretboard oil to lleave a darker, flatter finish. I've had problems with excess build in the valleys. Also, although it is too late on this one, before applying finish, sand to 400 grit,  I blow out the pores and rub in bone black with a paper towel to really bring out the pores. But don't get it into the checkering unless you want black checkering, look at Doug Turnbull's site, in the Winchester gallery. 

Eta: looking great for the first time.  I wish my first one looked that good. 
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 4:45:34 AM EST
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I usually mask off the checkering and finish separately with a thinner oil like fretboard oil to lleave a darker, flatter finish. I've had problems with excess build in the valleys. Also, although it is too late on this one, before applying finish, sand to 400 grit,  I blow out the pores and rub in bone black with a paper towel to really bring out the pores. But don't get it into the checkering unless you want black checkering, look at Doug Turnbull's site, in the Winchester gallery. 

Eta: looking great for the first time.  I wish my first one looked that good. 
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Sounds great, I'm thinking I'll redo my 10/22 french walnut stock sometime soon. Overall I have 9 coats of finish on if I counted right, but the checkering has 3 that were blotted with the shirt.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 4:46:19 AM EST
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Originally Posted By JoeMal:
Looks great OP I might dig through the safe and find a wood piece to redo

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I'll get one this evening if I don't forget.
Link Posted: 8/27/2017 9:06:16 PM EST
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I'll get one this evening if I don't forget.
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Originally Posted By JoeMal:
Looks great OP I might dig through the safe and find a wood piece to redo

Do you mind taking a picture showing the entire stock?
I'll get one this evening if I don't forget.
Shit, I apologize, went down to work on it and remembered your request.

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Link Posted: 8/27/2017 9:07:54 PM EST
I polished it with some 600 grit and then rottenstone tonight. Cleaned it up and rubbed in another coat of oil.
Link Posted: 8/28/2017 6:06:14 AM EST
Looks much nicer than the original. Good job op
Link Posted: 11/8/2017 4:51:13 PM EST
Finally cured and ready for whitetail.











Link Posted: 11/8/2017 5:23:23 PM EST
Outstanding job. Beautiful rifle.
Link Posted: 11/8/2017 6:43:11 PM EST
Bravo!
Link Posted: 11/8/2017 10:18:21 PM EST
Wow, that turned out very nicely. I would be proud to go hunting with a rifle that fine. Something I could pass down to my kids one day.
Link Posted: 11/9/2017 1:38:51 AM EST
Beautiful

Excellent job
Link Posted: 11/9/2017 2:51:13 AM EST
Wow, OP. Beautiful work!
Link Posted: 11/18/2017 11:37:48 PM EST
Great work.
Link Posted: 11/19/2017 7:29:04 AM EST
Thanks guys, I’m certainly happy with the results. Took it out to re-zero it the other day and it only needed one click left.
Link Posted: 12/2/2017 11:33:15 AM EST
That looks great. As a lot of people have done, the AR craze has driven me to fudd guns. I've refinished a few stocks this year and would not mind making a hobby of it.

It really is pretty relaxing to work on wood. Its amazing what a little time will do to a stock. Unfortunately, I'm not very patient and that has bitten me a few times.
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