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Hey gentlemen,

I started collecting a couple years ago and have found my nitch. I like to take the crappy RC K.98s, 1934-1945 German manufacturer, and restore them to look contemporary to their code and year. I try to match WaA's but do not worry about that too much with there being so many subcontractors and variations and all anyway. I clean up the stocks using denatured alcohol and then finishing them with BLO. I clean up and oil up the metal, maybe do some bluing touch ups as well as sometimes wearing down the blue to make the parts appear to match in finish. I do not take off import marks or RC marks seeing as that just adds to the character of where the rifle has been and what it has gone through.

Well enjoy the pictures of my first finished product. I should have a dot 1944 high serial number, semi-Kriegs, coming along shortly as well. Hopefully these pictures will come through! Let me know what you think!
 

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Hey thanks chasdev, I'll have to do that, maybe put a little bluing on it as well...

Especially for RC stocks denatured alcohol is the way to go... as well as some good rubber gloves. That oven cleaner stuff works, but you have to wash it off which causes the wood to warp and expand a little bit. You'd probably want to expose this old wood to as little moisture as possible. The boiled linseed oil from what I have read is exactly what the troops used on their rifles (when they had it around). I would imagine that modern, commercial grade BLO is clean and filtered compared to what they used as well.
 

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Because of how strong the stuff is, oven cleaner can make cleaning up a breeze but I'd recommend using it as a last resort and only for a few minutes otherwise you risk damaging the adhesive on laminated stocks. Even on hardwood it can damage the wood so again, use this stuff quickly and sparingly.
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Well, thanks, I'll have to keep that in mind on my next norwegian capture stock. The shellac on those seems to be much more difficult to get off than the RC shellac.

And PS, I got lucky and found that solid Kriegsmarine off eBay. It wasn't an RC stock. Only some German worksman and mother nature can take credit for how nice that stock looks. As well as probably an American GI.
 

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Tumtatty,

You won't believe me, but....

I use an abbrasive cloth from 3M. It has a grit of like 200-300. Basically its cloth sand paper. Sounds ridiculous huh? It works perfect, and being a cloth it bends around the rifle very well. You can pick one up at Lowe's for 10 bucks or less in the sandpaper section.

Using that cloth and some of Birchwood Casey's rebluing I can make almost any parts aesthetically match. Just takes a little TLC, and it works like a charm on any of your Russian Captures. It would probably work very well on a stock, too if you wanted some light sanding. Namely you could get into the bolt inlet without rounding the nice sharp edges. Haven't tried that though.
 

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I have a butt plate and takedown disc that have been buffed out. Have you ever done anything to get them to look more worn in appearance?
Ah, I have not yet... you could try adding some blue to it then wash it immediately and buff it a little. That should get rid of the shiney appearance. That bluing is great because if you don't like what you got you can just buff it out and start over. That's how I learned. I'll even be posting pictures of my bcd 43 that was my "learning piece" and at times it looked like crap, but you'll be able to see how well it turned out.
 
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