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Hi there - here's an update to my previous thread http://shootersforum.com/showthread.htm?t=61013

my buddy is doing well, still getting chemo treatments and feeling "not too bad". I stopped last week and had a beer with him.

I've cleaned the rifle like recommended here with fantastic results. While a little of the bluing is kind of gone...alot of it cleaned up pretty well. There are a couple scratches on the barrel, but it really looks good. I should have taken some befor and after pictures. The bore ended up being just fine...like a mirror. I put the stock back on it and plan on shooting it this weekend.

I'm still not sure what to do with the stock. I really do not want to mess it up. Some of the finish is gone off of one side of the butt stock andthat same side is banged up a little. I know I can't get rid of the dents and dings and thats ok...but the other side looks decent for an old gun. And the front piece looks pretty good, too (I cleaned both w/ steel wool and a little mineral spirits). Can I post pictures here? Maybe I'll show you all what I mean.

A couple more questions: 1). Will I need to fit a new butt plate to my stock?..if so how? 2). Same thing with the little black and white bullseye, do I need to fit it to my stock? I haven't gotten these parts yet, but am wondering how these could be a "universal fit". 3). I think (hope) that the finish on the stock is an oil finish...if it is, do I need to completely remove it? Or can I apply another oil finish over the old one? maybe steel wool beforehand?

Thanks so much for the advice I've already gotten and for any I'm yet to get.
Dean
 

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au2183 - Thanks for the tips. After reading a little about Howard's products, I'm ordering some from my local hardware store. I really don't want to sand on that stock and take a chance on rounding the sharp edges off. And the "how to" on the bullseye is just what I needed.

Have you tried the iron/damp cloth trick on dents?...I've heard of doing this, but never have talked to anybody that's actually done it. I guess I wouldn't be out much to give it a try....and actually, if there remains a few marks on the stock, it will just remind me of my old buddy hauling that gun around on his bike when he was a kid....:)

I'm looking in to getting my buttplate and bullseye ordered..hopefully this week yet.

I'll try to get a couple of pictures posted soon, too....just use photobucket or something?

Moderators - I looked around and saw that there is a gunsmithing section here....if this thread needs moved there, feel free.

Thanks again, I love this old rifle and haven't even shot it yet.
 

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au2183 - So after sanding the wood, I can still use the Howards products? And do you know how protective of a finish it leaves? One more question... You suggested the the walnut tinted restorer, does it color the wood? I was thinking of getting the neutral as I like the color of the stock right now...but nobody at the hardware store has any experience with the howard line.

I appreciate your helpfulness.

Oh, I'm off to a gun show tomorrow to look for a buttplate.
 

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Here are a few pictures of the stock...not the best lighting, I just took some quick shots on my work table.

















I guess I didn't get a good shot of the whole gun.

Here's a side note: I took the screws out of the buttplate (not sure why)...but one of them was bent! pretty bad too...must have gotten smacked pretty good at some point, I suppose.
 

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Those "dents" look a lot like bites or saw tooth marks. I would still try to raise them with an iron and a wet cloth, but since the fibers are broken off you will probably see limited results. It should provide some improvement however.
I only use the Howard's finish restorer for spot restore, not for an entire stock. I select one that is a little darker than what I'm working on, and find I have to use a few coats to get the color I want. It may not be perfect, but it will be very close. For an entire stock I would use Tru-Oil, or a similar stock refinish product. Try the Howard's first, and you may not want to bother with anything else.
My caution about sanding edges was intended only to warn against sanding to much near an edge or next to metal. New guns usually have the wood slightly proud of the metal, and it looks best if you maintain that. The opposite really makes a gun look bad, and screams "refinish" to me and many others.Hope that helps!

That's exactly what I want to avoid....I've seen guns that have obviously been refinished...and don't like that look at all...

And you are right about the "dents"....more like gouges. Do you think I need to remove all the old finish before applying new?..
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I think it is ironic that 30-30remchester posted his thoughts....as yesterday, it dawned on me..."why even touch that stock?...". I'm not sure why I was thinking that way from the start....I found a buttplate at the gun show...and just ordered a bullseye. I think I will go over it with some of the Howards products and call it good...all those dings and gouges are well earned badges of accomplishment...when I get the bullseye on and it all finished up, I'll post a couple more pics.

Didn't get to shoot it yesterday, but am heading out this afternoon..

Thanks for all the patience w/ me au2183....and thanks for the words of wisdom 30-30remchester.
 
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