northernxposure wrote:You going to refinish the stock on it after you cut it down? From the pic the stock actually looks like it's got decent grain.
The stock is BEAUTIFUL.
However, I'm going to have to remove the stain. The wood appears to be fabulous. I had my eye on a beautiful striped wood Mosin, which I used the pictures of to make the Obrez "photoshop" pic. However, upon more contact with the seller, there were semi-serious cracks behind the tang that concerned me.
If I could get by without stripping and refinishing it, I would. However, since I'm going to have to cut, form, and sand the stock into it's new configuration, it will leave raw wood showing, and I don't want that. I'd like it to look intentional and well done, and so when I'm done I'm going to restain it hopefully as close to original as possible. Obviously there's no need to worry about refinishing it as I'm taking the value of it's history away.
I want it to "look good"
shoggoth80 wrote:"Seriously, if it pains you that much take a 180$ from your pocket and buy one"
-Most Finns aren't $180. Those that are either have a lot of wear on the outside (most seem to retain nice bores), or there are splits in the wood. See the lower concept pic of JC's Obrez, there is a split there on the left side near the wrist. It's not unusual to see splits in Finn stocks... but I would make sure it is stable at least before shooting it. The Finns had some neat ways of repairing the stocks though.
Correct, however, this was an auction like any other, with no reserve. I've seen others go for similar. There is a -hairline- beginning of a crack at one part of the buttstock, but nothing to worry about even if it were being kept as a marksman shooter.
Awesome condition ones... they can be had for $300 or less. Great shooting condition, -most- the bluing left, great bore... $225-275 depending on bluing and how interesting the stock is.
There's tons of them out there too, guys. They aren't as rare as y'all seem to think.