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 Post subject: Drilling Refinish - Gunstock Stain & Genuine Oil finish
PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:32 am 
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I've posted about this no-name German Drilling I had acquired several times before in the German guns forum here.

I got it at a very low price as the stock was split through the wrist extending to the comb. I had carefully pried it open slightly and used thin super glue to repair the split, securing it with the addition of two brass screws which were then filed off flush. Then I could proceed to refinish it. The original checkering job was rather poor, with numerous flat diamonds near the ends of the "points" of the pattern, uneven spacing of the lines, and several lines which ran into each other in places. When I recut the checkering, it was easy enough to sharpen up the flat points, and those came out well. The lines which co-joined were an issue; best I could do with my skills was to repoint the diamonds on the original lines -- errors and all. A more highly skilled pro may have attempted to fix the co-mingled lines, but I didn't want to risk making it any worse. Overall, I am pleased with how the recut checking came out, as shown in the images attached below.

The point of this posting is to make the forum aware of 2 really nice products that I used on this refinishing job.

The first being the Cabot Satin in "Gunstock" color, which has a hint of the "Winchester Red" hue that my late father liked so much -- me too. It may not be original to German-made guns from the 1930s, but it is very pleasing to my eye. I had also carefully sanded very lightly where the split was and now it's all but invisible, except for a faint line 1/2" below the top of the nose of the comb.

The finish that I applied was the "Genuine Oil" by Birchwood Casey which is a lower-gloss satin version of their tried and true TruOil finish. I hand-rubbed on 8 thin coats and it was starting to look a little glossy, so then I cut that back with synthetic 000 steel wool and then the last coat went on nice & smooth -- rubbed lightly until warmed by my hands, then carefully stroked with my fingers so as to leave a smooth even finish -- with the satin sheen I wanted. I'm really pleased with how that came out too.

Here she is now...

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Next steps are to sight-in the 8mm Mauser barrel to the Hensoldt-Wetzlar scope at 75 yards (and check the impact at 100 to 150 yards -- more than enough for the woods I hunt); then to adjust the Einstecklauf (a chamber/barrel insert in 22 Mag inserted in the right 16 gauge tube) to hit to the scope at 35 to 50 yards for use on small game. Then by next fall, she'll be all ready to take to the Maine woods for deer -- and of course I could also take partridge, fox or rabbits too with the other bores if/when I see them.

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 Post subject: Re: Drilling Refinish - Gunstock Stain & Genuine Oil finish
PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:56 am 
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Looks great!


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 Post subject: Re: Drilling Refinish - Gunstock Stain & Genuine Oil finish
PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2021 9:00 am 
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Awesome job!!


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