Considering the stock on my SKS looked like someone drove tent stakes with it, I decided to refinish the stock. I filled in the serious indentations with Elmers Exterior Wood Fill (gawd that stuff is good!!!) and I sanded the stock down to the wood with 100 grit working to 400 for fine sanding. I have no idea what kind of wood they used. It's not pine, fire or hemlock but it's real light colored and soft to sand. I plan on painting the stock and gas tube handguard flat black followed with several coats of flat urethane. I think it'll look half way decent.....can't hurt considering the original condition. I also wonder what the two metal pins are for in the fore stock. Perhaps to design it to keep the stock from splitting in that area. Has anyone else done what I'm doing? And, if so, your impressions?