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Would it be correct to have walnut handguards/ pistol grips on an Aussie? They appear to be Australian by what I can tell, but the stock is a lighter wood, akin to Beech that I know for sure is aussie.

Did they ever use walnut buttstocks?
 

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All the Australian stuff is made from coachwood. There's probably more but I've personally seen 3 finish variations on their stocks. The "lighter" type, like this:

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Then 2 types of darker finishes, this kind from the Malayan kits (and others I'm guessing, I'm sure the other members will know) like this:
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And whatever this green-black creosote (like a railroad tie) type is:
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There's a large variation in color between the types also
 

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The finish on Aussie wood is Boiled Linseed Oil which on it's own naturally darkens over time. Also, those really dark stocks from Malaya are mostly dark from the grease and oil applied to them over the years, take some Dawn dish soap to them, then steam out the dirt and the oil and then reapply BLO and they will be as light as the lightest Aussie stuff you see.
 

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The finish on Aussie wood is Boiled Linseed Oil which on it's own naturally darkens over time. Also, those really dark stocks from Malaya are mostly dark from the grease and oil applied to them over the years, take some Dawn dish soap to them, then steam out the dirt and the oil and then reapply BLO and they will be as light as the lightest Aussie stuff you see.
Yep, the dark greenish stuff comes right off with stripper, for paint and varnish, the type marked, will remove red stains, leaving nice grey wood ready for dye and oil.
May need to do it a couple times, scrubbing with a nylon brush dipped in baking soda, and adding vineger to your warm rinse water to cut the action on the stripper.
Did three like this today for folks.
Someone must have sold off a lot of them recently...
 

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Y'all gotta try this stuff.
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I ran out of detergent and saw the bottle sitting in the bathroom and figured what the hell, it's worth a shot. Worked VERY well with minimal effort but didn't soak in as much as I'd like. Now I mix 4 parts of this with 2 parts mineral spirits, one part water, and one part PG. Haven't figured out the "best" technique yet but so far keeping the workpiece wet while gently rubbing for 5-10 mins then rinsing with hot water is where I'm at. Anything waxy left comes out easily with naphtha or xylene
 

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I just wash the stock with dawn dish soap to get the external stuff off then I soak a tshirt or an old towel in water and wrap it around the stock, I then iron it with a ski waxing iron. The steam created lifts the dirt and oil right out of the wood and is absorbed in to the tshirt. Do this a couple times until the tshirt or rag you are using no longer turns yellow or brown.
 

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Would it be correct to have walnut handguards/ pistol grips on an Aussie? They appear to be Australian by what I can tell, but the stock is a lighter wood, akin to Beech that I know for sure is aussie.

Did they ever use walnut buttstocks?
Aussie rifles would have only ever had coachwood.

Post pics of what you have.
 

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Aussie rifles would have only ever had coachwood.

Post pics of what you have.
There was another wood used as well, the name "myrtle beech" comes to mind somehow. I have an unused replacement buttstock made from something other than coachwood...the grain is visibly different. But, we're talking VERY very late, like late 1980s after assembly had ended.
 

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Yeah,

Andy is just teasing, there is no way he would drop an add in the Market Place for a couple of pair of those handguards with some ridiculous price, or would he?
;)

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Yes post 86 or so they used something different. The MA88, 89 and 90 butts were all from this. Darker from the get go.

NOS look like this...

 

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So the handguards sort of look like walnut... I'm quite sure the pistol grip is... stock looks like coachwood?
Its a very early enterprise ABNI build... I would have asked the original owner but he blew his brains out...







 

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So the handguards sort of look like walnut... I'm quite sure the pistol grip is... stock looks like coachwood?
Its a very early enterprise ABNI build... I would have asked the original owner but he blew his brains out...







Stock is Brit, made of beech... grip definitely walnut, HG also look it...
 

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Black coated laminate hg. School me on these since were talkin bout wood.
 

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