Refinished my mosins today just thought i would share how they turned out. Took me about three hours from start to finish on them both. Stripped them, sanded with 220, 400, and 0000 steel wool. Then, put three coats of lenseed oil. They are Smooth as a baby's bottom now! Tell me what you think!
Yeah I really like the one on the right. I thought the dark spots were finish that wouldn't come off, but it isn't it is the grain in the wood. Any ideas what kind it is? Oh, I just picked that one up for $60 which makes it even better!
Both stocks are Birch. Some stocks have more character than others. There is a difference in how the stock blank was sawed as well. Soviet Mosin stocks (including yours) are normally 'slab sawn' with the center of the log to the left side. This gives maximum strength to the weak spot on the left of the action where the relief cut is made for the interrupter/ejector.
Many Finn stocks were made with what is called in Mosin circles Arctic Birch. While the stock on the right certainly is beautiful, it is not 'quite' the same as the Finns.
Seriously, I wonder what a pine tar finish would look like after it cures out.
Now officially collecting Mosin M38s!
Last edited by Ken in Iowa; 02-12-2012 at 12:08 PM.