Hello, I just got a 42 Izhevsk 91/30, and it has a hardwood stock. I was thinking of taking of the shellac and putting on a nice oil finish, but I'd like to know what wood I'm working with first. I have a Chinese SKS stock that seems to be made out of the same kind of wood, I'm thinking cherry but I'm not sure. I can post pics of the rifle if they used more than one type of wood. Anything else I should know about before refinishing a 91/30 stock? Also, I have heard that laminate stocks are the norm, and I have heard that hardwoods are the norm, so which is it? I thought laminates were. My sister thinks the factory was likely out of laminate stock wood, so they just found some trees, cut em down, and used that for there stocks for the day, but I don't know about that. Thanks, Derrick.