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All matching metal, (have not checked the wood), lots of issues, fits right in with my collection of culls, cast-offs and non-collectibles.

My first impression was that the finish had been stripped from the stock, now I'm not so sure.

Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier-Regiment, Ersatz Bataillon
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$500 at John Wall's favorite TX gunshop


Yo Jeb & John,

Look's more like a leopard rather than a wolverine? Perhaps this rifle ended up with the Schutzetruppe and the poor Askari who carried it was mauled by a leopard or two???

While I ONLY use it in rare circumstances where enough harm has already been done and there's little or nothing to lose, I have different types of flexible fine and ultra-fine sanding/polishing sponges covered with abrasive on one side. We've used them in the foundry and forging industries for years. I'm pretty sure I still have your address Jebber? If not I'll PM you.

Personally, I would use ultra-fine steel wool and your choice of oils on the blued portions of the rifle, however I would very carefully remove the worst of the leopard scratches and rust from the receiver, bolt and any other pieces that are finished in the white with the sponge pads. I'd probably apply it to the butt-plate tang as well with damn near all the blue gone already.

If the rifle was simply covered with patina, I'd never recommend this approach, however after the leopard had at that poor Askari I think the rifle needs a touch of "restoration" rather than simple TLC!

I'll be home tonight and can pop the pads in the mail for you. You can experiment with each grit on a rusted garden tool or two so that you have a feel for the individual finish that each of the different pads is capable of creating. If you have any questions when you have experimented with them, we can chat on the phone if you have any questions.

The great thing about these pads is that they don't drag out or thin out the markings!

Otherwise, nice find! Not bad at that price either.

Warmest regards,

John

PS - Damn!.......That stock looks mighty thirsty???
 

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Noted Jebber!

I'll confirm when they go out with the mail.

She'll clean up to be presentable and remain a good shooter. Nice find at that price!

Warmest regards,

John
 
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