one more world war 2 rifle refinish

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Project by pallystu posted 06-21-2014 01:04 PM 1591 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

here is another rifle stock refinish that I have done for some one. it was made in the 1940s and used by the Russians in world war 2. This rifle was checked to make sure it had no collectors value so I did not ruin any thing worth a ton of money. As you can see in the last pic when the rifle came to me it was in rough shape. Nasty yellowed shellac finish all beat to crap. I striped and sanded the stock like normal but I decided to try some thing new to get that “Russian red” color seen on many Russian rifles. I used crimson rit dye then a rose wood gel stain over it. yes rit dye…I could of used a higher end dye made specifically for wood but this gave me the exact color that I wanted. I finished it with gloss spray lacquer and did about 5 coats. sorry for the smudges in the first pic I didn’t wipe it down before I took it.

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#1 posted 06-21-2014 02:08 PM

Nice job. I’m not an expert on dyes, but I think the Rit dye is fine. The color is effective and not garish. I’ve used pricey aniline dyes that were not waterproof so they bled during the finishing process.

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#2 posted 06-21-2014 02:48 PM

I do have to say when I first dyed it I kinda went “oh crap” since it was such a bright red color. the gel stain over it really helped give it a darker brown color instead of firefighter red lol.

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#3 posted 06-21-2014 02:48 PM

That’s a nice looking Mosin Nagant now with the new finish. They were made by the millions and were the gun of choice for several wars in Europe. I think most of them have that same nasty old finish, slopped on over all the fittings. A friend has one that looks a lot like your “before” picture.

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#4 posted 06-21-2014 02:53 PM

thanks john :) this one is a 1943 tula ex sniper and I did a lot of work to it to get to this level. I reblued the metal polished the bolt refinished the stock and replaced some parts. was my first rifle so I wanted to make into some thing I can pass down in good shape.

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