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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-01-2018, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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I did this last off season and I'm really proud of it because I taught myself everything.... never even took my rifle apart to clean it thoroughly, in 29 years. Acquiring my first flintlock rifle last year is what inspired me to learn. This was an awesome experience and hopefully I can figure out how to build an AR from an 80% kit someday soon.

Factory walnut stock was stripped, sanded, and steamed. Then stained antique cherry and finished with 10 coats of tru oil. An experienced eye might catch a flaw or two, but not too bad for a rookie who's never worked with wood before. It's a tad glossy but I like it... killed two deer for me this year.

Steel was derusted, deblued, a couple bigger scratches filed, polished, and then rust blued... quick method with Mark Lee's #1....took about 7 or 8 cycles to reach a deep bluish pewter black that should offer real rust protection and durability as good or better than the factory bluing.
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Looks really nice! I have an old glenfield 30-30 with a plain wood stock that I put a bunch of coats of linseed oil on and it's amazing how it made it pop. Almost has a dark tiger stripe look to it.

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Yeah, the factory varnish really hides the beauty of the wood grain. Nothing special about the block of wood they used for my stocks, but I was genuinely impressed with how they turned out.
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All those parts and pieces and you only had 2 screws and a spring left over when you put it back together !

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Ha! The whole process took a couple or three weeks, and I had all the parts laid out like a diagram the whole time...I was so worried that the towel wood snag on my belt and knock everything off! Also, there is a darn near microscopic spring and ball bearing in the safety button mechanism... it's a miracle I didn't lose them, lol.
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That's a really nice job. I keep hoping to find time to pick up an El Cheapo gun to play around with and learn how to do the bluing.

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Ha! The whole process took a couple or three weeks, and I had all the parts laid out like a diagram the whole time...I was so worried that the towel wood snag on my belt and knock everything off! Also, there is a darn near microscopic spring and ball bearing in the safety button mechanism... it's a miracle I didn't lose them, lol.
My first thought when I read this was that a few of those magnetic trays from Harbor Freight would have been a good thing to have laying around...

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I like what you've done, but you may want to consider reducing the glare on the wood by applying a passage of Stock Sheen and Conditioner also made by BC followed by a coat of their Gun Stock wax. Seems more in tune with that Marlin than a super gloss finish which also flashes like a mirror as you still hunt through the deer woods.
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Great job!
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Thanks all, for the compliments.

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I like what you've done, but you may want to consider reducing the glare on the wood by applying a passage of Stock Sheen and Conditioner also made by BC followed by a coat of their Gun Stock wax. Seems more in tune with that Marlin than a super gloss finish which also flashes like a mirror as you still hunt through the deer woods.
Yeah, I admit I didn't quite expect it to be so glossy. I plan on refinishing my dad's rifle this year... I'll try this idea on his. I'm happy with mine as it is now though.
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