Check out my new Mosin Nagant 91/30, that I recently restored.
The Finished Product
-When I first purchased this rifle for $130 USD, It was in rough shape. The stock was so beaten up, and covered in so much Cosmoline that I became tired of it looking like rubbish, and this being my first Mosin, I figured that I had to experiment with it a bit.
-When the stock was removed, I used Stripper to remove the low grade Soviet shellac, and Cosmoline build up.
-I then went over the stock roughly with 180 grit sand paper.
-After reaching the base wood, I was baffled when the stock was almost all the way black!
-I decided to get abrasive, and I fashioned a large soaking tank, and I filled it with bleach.
-I allowed the gun to soak for about 4 hours.
-This removed some of the black, but I was still worried that it would not look very well.
-I then stained the stock with an antique Walnut stain. (It was created for antique guns.)
-The stain made the stock fairly dark, and hid some of the black oily sections.
- I then began to apply Tru Oil to the entire rifle.
-The first 8-10th coats were not doing much.
-After the 15-16th coat, the Tru Oil lightened dark stains, and brought out the natural grain of the wood.
The 17-18th added a slick, smooth shine to the stock. I used steel wool, and a tack cloth in between Tru Oil applications.
-I then focused on the bore, removing rust, and tarnish from the barrel.
- I used chalk to fill in the serial marks, and the stamp on the receiver.
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-Then I wiped the whole gun down, and just cleaned it up a bit.
What do you guys think? What else could I do? Rate my work. I would like to know some more history on this rifle, Is it special? Was it a Finnish capture? How would I tell? I know it's not an ex-Sniper.