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Nice refinish. How did you do it?
 

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@Andy123: Thanks! I removed all of the metal pieces first. Then I used a piece of wire to suspend the stock in the air. I used a gel stripper to remove the old finish. I used steel wool and mineral spirits to fully clean the wood. I ended up with a very, very light stain (I don't remember what color it was). The final coat was Helmsman Spar Urethane. Now if it would only shoot as nicely as it looks (it doesn't) :)
 

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Nice job. Some of the crap they put on those rifles was terrible. It was like peeling off cracked glass. It came out great. Was the original fore tip painted? I noticed it is gone. I've never seen one that wasn't a different kind of wood.
 

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@Don: Thanks. Yes, the original tip was painted. And that was the hardest part to get off. The entire stock is one kind of wood…not sure what it is, though.
 

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Nice work, that is some pretty grain that was hiding under there all these years.
 

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Wow… that's it as soon as I get back from this business trip I'm stripping & refinishing my 70 year old .22
 

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Turned out nice!
 

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Good save!
 

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Glass bedding may help with the accuracy. Was the fore end painted or was it an ebony cap?
 

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@MedicKen: The cap was painted black-it's all one piece of wood.
 

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Try free floating the barrel. Loosen the retaining screws, slide a strip of sand paper down the channel, paper side against the barrel. Then pull the sandpaper like your buffing your boot. Do that till you can slide a piece of paper folded twice all the back to the action. Tighten the retaining screws till the action is properly seated. Check often with the folded paper.
 
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