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    Of my 3 service grades, all bought within the...

    Of my 3 service grades, all bought within the last 3 years, only one came in original wood. It fits very good and tight.

    The new wood has a CMP cartouche on it, is walnut in my experience, but...
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    The key there is to maintain a backlog of things...

    The key there is to maintain a backlog of things that equally interesting as when you started. Then again by this method success means you always have a long list of things not done, or partway done....
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    I treat it as therapy ;) But my patience is...

    I treat it as therapy ;)
    But my patience is being tried on this one. Whenever I'm not feeling patient enough, I don't bother trying and go to something else. Not being in a good positive mood is the...
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    Well, poopy. My most fortunate luck so far with...

    Well, poopy. My most fortunate luck so far with this stock just ran out.

    First, in fitting the lower band. After squaring edge of the band's stop, and sliding it down, I saw the the forend is 10...
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    With a little luck...I think I'll call it done. I...

    With a little luck...I think I'll call it done. I got both main holes done to final depth. The goofy channel for the spare parts kit is impossible to do by hand. I walked it down as far as my...
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    Drilling Krag Buttstock lightening holes - measurements

    Did some measuring of my original stock's butt, and laid out a template.
    First, I traced my buttplate, cut it out. I marked measured twice along two horizontals, and found their midpoint, and used...
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    Alas I don't have a floor press. EDIT: The...

    Alas I don't have a floor press.

    EDIT: The more I think about it, the two challenges is just getting them started, and then which order to drill them in. I have to triple check, but I think the...
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    Some progress pics. Trigger inletting before and...

    Some progress pics. Trigger inletting before and after.
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    You can also see the notch for the bolt hand was originally square. It measured 40 thous. narrower on the new stock vs. my...
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    Got it!! Wow. That was a beast. For a while...

    Got it!! Wow. That was a beast. For a while there, seems like no matter what I did the muzzle pointed up about 1/8 or so. I then switched from screwing in and checking with inletting black to just...
  10. original base and split top rings are hard to...

    original base and split top rings are hard to find. keep checking eBay. they pop up now and again but be prepared to pay.
    All in all, the cheapest way I've found to source base and rings is to keep...
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    If conserving by getting rid of red iron oxide...

    If conserving by getting rid of red iron oxide without damaging the underlying finish (black iron oxide), either steaming or boiling should work just fine.
    Steaming seems to convert faster. In my...
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    What I was thinking...but he needs the other part...

    What I was thinking...but he needs the other part of the base.
    To my knowledge, only one size front sight dovetail was ever made, even though some are tighter/looser than others. I had one that was...
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    So I've been doing more agonizing in my mind over...

    So I've been doing more agonizing in my mind over chiseling and scraping, trying to figure out how the thing is "supposed" to bed. I have my original as a guide, but the balance of the new one is...
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    Do you have the rest of the front sight? if not,...

    Do you have the rest of the front sight? if not, they are cheap. I am assuming you mean you need a taller blade? There are many different 1903 standard blade heights. If one of iis then not high...
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    My handgaurd came in the mail over the weekend...

    My handgaurd came in the mail over the weekend from macon gunstocks. I hadn't expected it for a couple weeks, so plus 1 for them on that. Here it is, next to an original.
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    Looks like they dug...
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    Early on in the flood of Mosin's, a company in...

    Early on in the flood of Mosin's, a company in Ukraine who manufactured PU scopes in WW2 unmothbolled its equipment and made new production PU scopes. The distinguishing differences are the screw...
  17. And it's even worse when you have no clue where...

    And it's even worse when you have no clue where the leftover came from or where it goes. That's another thing I appreciate about the old designs...every pin and screw is unique...no guesses required...
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    I worked the vertical surfaces today, and the...

    I worked the vertical surfaces today, and the rear tip of the tang, until the action "dropped in". I then received the barrel channel sides, and the bed wherever there was contact. Now, the fun,...
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    After reading a bunch of reviews on some...

    After reading a bunch of reviews on some woodworking forums, I bought VonHaus - they had a a regular flat chisel set and a carving chisel set. I bought both - total cost ~$90.I broke em out to start...
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    I splurged on new good quality chisels and a...

    I splurged on new good quality chisels and a sharpening set to replace the ones from harbor freight I started with. they were good enough to do minelli stocks that had only a little to do. When I'm...
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    They are all on rifles made up in the late 50's...

    They are all on rifles made up in the late 50's :). Fortunate for me, many of them were neglected and abused, and being sold off now for cheap as relative scrap.
    Here is how the a3 I converted came...
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    The a4 I'm doing now, and the conversion I did...

    The a4 I'm doing now, and the conversion I did last, were lucky enough to be older sporters and had their original Redfield Jr. bases on them. All I had to do was find split top rings. I found 2 sets...
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    no hurry. I'm happy to do it right, and it will...

    no hurry. I'm happy to do it right, and it will look beautiful. I don't typically stain my military stocks...go straight for the raw linseed oil and let it mellow naturally. Might go to the hardware...
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    here is the stock I picked up last weekend and...

    here is the stock I picked up last weekend and Dunlap Woodcrafts just up the road in Chantilly, VA. I spoke with owner Wayne Dunlap. He is an older gentleman who has been shooting black powder for...
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    as you saw, the "American blue" from rustblue.com...

    as you saw, the "American blue" from rustblue.com I used on the receiver was very easy to get good uniform results without any spotting, but didn't get very dark. It did, however, card very easily...
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