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Ok, thanks for your input. I don't want to remove any character but there is definitely caked on grime and smells of cosmoline. I'll start with a damp rag and see what that gets me.
 

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As long as you aren't using anything more abrasive that a cotton cleaning patch...you will be fine ;-)

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I've acquired a handguard but still need to find the hardware and I'm seeing many different variations... Would someone be so kind to fill me in on what exactly I need? Style of front and lower bands and length of spring?

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I've acquired a handguard but still need to find the hardware and I'm seeing many different variations... Would someone be so kind to fill me in on what exactly I need? Style of front and lower bands and length of spring?

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you need a milled “H” upper band and a milled lower band with the flat sling bar. Both should have the e/63
Waffenampt. The band spring would also be the milled type. I think German produced band spris were a uniform length, but I have had to do some minor fitting on occasion. I probably have the bands you need, if you can’t find them locally, pm me.
Good job on saving this one.
 

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Alright, thought I'd give you guys a bit of an update on how this thing has come together. A damp cloth didn't remove much grime after numerous attempts and being that it was almost sticky to the touch I went a little further and used a 50/50 mix of BLO and turpentine which made all the difference. Stock feels clean and an unbelievable amount of grime and cosmoline came off.

The previous owners son actually located the stock it was purchased in and passed it to me. It appears to be a late war laminate and it's clearly been shellacked. It did however come with the stamped and matching bands for my receiver. I acquired a walnut E/63 hand guard which I think matches pretty well. All in all I don't think it turned out too badly. Still have to work on the bore a bit as I haven't gotten it as clean I think I can. The laminate stock is pictured last if anyone is interested.....














 

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The stock has been modified post war with the sling bar. Most likely done by the French. They may have also renumbered that bolt as well.
 

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Awesome you got the original stock, even if just to keep with the rifle. Nice job with the stock and handguard matching!

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