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Old March 14, 2020, 12:53   #1
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RC Mauser

I have a Russian capture K98 Mauser that has the typical finish on the stock and as far as I can tell it is not a composite stock. Sometimes I like the look of it other times I want to refinish it to bring out the original look to it, if it were yours would you leave it alone or refinish it?
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Old March 15, 2020, 07:18   #2
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I would leave it as is if it were mine. Find another one that somebody already refinished if you like that look.
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Old March 15, 2020, 08:31   #3
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I had one. That nasty Russian applied shellac was coming off all over the thing. Every time I handled it it had it all over my hands plus there was the afore mentioned thing that it looks like hell. It had to go.
I disassembled the rifle and stripped the thing down, didn't take much effort at all, half the flaky shit had already fallen off. Once done and dry I applied a good coat of BLO and called good. Much better.

Some will like to argue about preserving the "original" finish but that finish is not original, it's what the ruskies applied, not the Germans.
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Old March 15, 2020, 08:38   #4
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Iffin it were mine, I'd restore it to original manufacturers finish.

I am not a collector and am unconcerned what someone 50 years from now thinks about me removing an ugly finish. I don't like Russians anyway.
Have been mutilating lovely old Mausers for years turning a few into Sporters I could use until it became no longer worthwhile to do so. (At least 20 years ago.)

Bottom line;
What is it worth now.
How will a refinish effect the value.
Are you a collector or a shooter?
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Old March 15, 2020, 08:44   #5
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I stripped mine. The shellac was looking bad and I didn't feel like I was destroying much history when I redid it. Some people would argue that the RC Mausers had a history of their own and left them in the Russian-applied finish. Your call I'd say.

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Removed the shellac on mine back in 1996 when I bought it from Big 5. Do not sand your stock. Mine had already been sanded in some previous life. Stained with golden oak and finished with BLO/tung oil mix. Good luck.
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Whats a good shellac stripper?

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I believe I used steel wool and denatured alcohol to remove the shellac on the furniture. It came off really quickly as I recall.
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I had four of them with that horrible shellac. I let them all go on down the road. If I'd a kept them they would have had the russian varnish removed.
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https://www.stockysstocks.com/stocks...nt-stocks.html

Replacement stocks for 98K; high quality.

Solid wood were used up to 1939 or so, with flat butt plate, laminated after that, maybe;--- early flat butt plates, and later cupped butt plates.
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Replacement stocks for 98K; high quality.

Solid wood were used up to 1939 or so, with flat butt plate, laminated after that, maybe;--- early flat butt plates, and later cupped butt plates.
Nice.
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Old March 25, 2020, 01:47   #12
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Removed the shellac on mine back in 1996 when I bought it from Big 5. Do not sand your stock. Mine had already been sanded in some previous life. Stained with golden oak and finished with BLO/tung oil mix. Good luck.
Nice, that's a good lookin stock!
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