Recently refurbed by who? All the recent imports I've seen have varying shades of garnet shellac which was done in the '70s, and I doubt came from a can as we know it.The original finish on the Russian rifles was a raw shellac called seedlac or button lac. It was garnet in color. The seedlac was a more crude form containing impurities such as bugs and treebark. It was collected in flakes that were mixed with alcohol and then filtered through several layers of cheesecloth. You can still buy it at woodworker supply houses or antique restoration suppliers. It's expensive but since it is in dry flakes, it never goes bad. The lighter color shellac you see on recent refurbs is due to using modern shellac from a can.
Chasdev,I doubt they used garnet shellac.
I have an Finn (non-refurbed) 1939 Tula 91/30 in it's original Tula marked stock and it does NOT have shellac on it.
It also does not seem to have the Finn pinetar mix, but it does look to have had oil rubbed into the wood (but not to the extent that it created a "build" finish).
Just because something has "been said here many times" does not necessarily make it fact. What I have failed to see is official documentation/records indicating that ALL or even the vast majority of Russian pre-war and wartime rifle stocks were finished with shellac.It has been said here many times that the original finish for a Russian made rifle was shellac.
Please don't misunderstand, I am not certain it was something else. I would just like to see definitive documentation (if it exists) describing the process of rifle manufacture and stock finishing at the principle Russian arsenals.If you're so certain it was something else then provide documentation showing that.