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    A couple of No4's de-sportertized over the last few weeks...

    A couple more No4 finished; I call this pair "Beauty and the Beast"...

    Bedding of the forends went relatively well for both.

    The blonde one is a Longbranch with a really great bore, sadly the receiver was drilled and tapped for a Weaver TO-1 mount; still, it should shoot well.



    The one in walnut furniture took a bit more work. The receiver did see some grinder or rough tool, I think a previous owner was attempting (really poorly) to bring the metal in the white. I resolved to sandblasting the metal to bring some sort of half-decent surface texture to it, then reblued it. Ended up looking not too too horrible. Hope it'll shoot well, otherwise it won't have much on the "plus" side...





    Here's the one from the UKicon, it's the top barreled action in the picture below.


    Then after a few hours of work...


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    Where did you get the stock? I have one that needs that treatment.
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    I personally have not seen two better sets of furniture anywhere,with a restored classic. The blonde has serious grain. Never said that about a blonde before LOL.This forum never ceases to amaze me with the care that goes into everyones personal project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drboompa View Post
    Where did you get the stock? I have one that needs that treatment.
    The blonde stock, I was pretty lucky getting that one as part of a parts lot, from an elderly gentleman getting out of the amateur gunsmith business. The walnut, I think that came from Sarco Inc in the states, decent price for what I got. Taking the time to properly clean, repair and prepare the wood is the key, I think, to get decent results, even with a rough looking stock!

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    Picture No3 Lou LOOKS like it is a BIRCH fore-end. Difficult to explain why but it's to do with the way the wood looks - most unlike the usual light flecked beech. A very durable wood too. Someone told me that the small-arms industry wanted it during the war in preference to beech but the aircraft industry had first choice and took the birch. See how it differs from the beech flecked handguards. Birch was used of course but in small quantities.

    Any of you truewood experts care to offer an opinion

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    I think you may be right, Peter. Come to think of it, looks very much like birch veneer, which I've seen a few times.

    The new owner if this rifle, living in the North West Territories, is very happy with it!

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