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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Sporterized a M98 years ago for my son. Got an old, but never-used Fajen inletted walnut stock for free, one of those that was rough shaped externally and looked like beavers had done the work. So it was a chore making something out of it.
But I scraped the plastic fore end and grip cap. Took off quite a bit of wood while I was at it, to lighten it a bit. An old gunsmith amigo did the M98 bolt, D/T and bobbed the barrel to 20".
I added a Timney Sportsman and Buehler safety, re-crowned the muzzle. Handy little rifle and a joy to tote. AND it is a tack driver, with of all things, 125gr Hornadys. Far more accurate than any of the heavier loads I once shot in it.
Have done a few cold blues over the years, decided to do this one in matte black automotive finish. Has held up fairly well over the past 25+ years, easy to touch up.
Did the stock in ZAR poly-fortified tung oil, multiple rubbed-in coats and a satin finish. Used that on some of my varminters because it holds up better to sweaty palms, than pure tung oil. Stock still looks like new, if we don't count a few teenager nicks and dings?
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B