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    From the BIG 5 Sporting Goods 91/30 sale and an M44 I picked up at the Spokane Gun Show. I said I would post pics when done... Well I have been done for a while but just finally decided to get the photos onto a computer and online.

    Starting with the M44:





    Than a 1942 Tula 91/30 that had a nice surprise of a laminate stock underneath the red shelac... Left it blonde:







    Here is another 1942 Tula, refinished in a brown, don't know how I feel about this one yet:





    And finally a 1943 Izhevsk also left natural as a blonde:





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    Excellent! May I ask what you refinishing process involved? I've got a 91/30 (hex receiver) that I would love to clean up, but don't really know where to start.

    Thanks!
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    Anyone have some parts laying around for a M44 or 91/30? I'm looking for a magazine spring.

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    So this is why you take the day off you jerk??? To make me sit a desk all day while you take pictures of your toys??? jackhole....

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    K_Bjornstad wrote:
    So this is why you take the day off you jerk??? To make me sit a desk all day while you take pictures of your toys??? jackhole....
    ROFL!!!

    Those look very nice David. The brown looks very close to the original color with the shellac; if that's what you were going for, I'd say leave it as-is.
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    I hope they zapped you blind as a bat and left you with no sonar!! so you would be a truly deaf and dumb bat..well..you see my point!!! i'm just kidding, i like your shift. sitting all day with my thumb in my butt is just fun as all hell!!

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    K_Bjornstad wrote:
    So this is why you take the day off you jerk??? To make me sit a desk all day while you take pictures of your toys??? jackhole....
    You know very well my surgery wasn't until the afternoon needed to fill the morning somehow

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    Nice rifles!

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    Jamfish wrote:
    Excellent! May I ask what you refinishing process involved? I've got a 91/30 (hex receiver) that I would love to clean up, but don't really know where to start.

    Thanks!
    First completely dissasemble the whole rifle. All metal parts get a soaking and cleaning in mineral spirits. The barrel takes many cleanings with spirits, than hoppes, than final lubricant coat.

    The wood components first get baked to clean out the cosmoline. Many methods on how to do this, I used the oven, but you can find others online.

    Than I used easy off spray oven cleaner to strip off all the shelac. It takes 2 coats. Wait 15 minutes after applying coat than clean off with hot water.

    Next you sand lightly. Than finish with either a stain, or just a finish coat. Again many ones you can choose, just look around.

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