No, buy an aftermarket stock and numbers mismatched rifle instead
I have two Mosin Nagants, both 91/30 Izzy’s from 1943 and both have all matching numbers. Ones a former PU sniper (w/matching bayonet) and both are Arsenal refinished–though the former PU was just refurbed for infantry use probably as it doesn’t have an Arsenal mark like the other one does. edit Oh and I doubt the stock on the former PU rifle is the original.
Long story short, should I have one of the stocks refinished? Or buy a numbers mismatched rifle with a good bore for the sole purpose of making it look pretty?
Taking it all the way to naked wood and restain+lacquer/shellac (unsure which would be more durable, thoughts?). I know if we go this route I want a very dark stain like what the non-PU has. I can provide pictures of my Mosin Nagants if needed.
What’s this “new method” of pretty you speak of? My wife is the furniture restorer so she is likely to do it so I’m not surprised I am unfamiliar with terminology. I found a nice aftermarket stock option (below) but it’s pricey considering I’d get another rifle for it with non-matching numbers.
If the rifle is all matching I would leave it alone so you can continue to appreciate it as piece of history.
What I meant by my question is that with the original stock you can refresh the original coat using the same, or close to it, method of finish, or you can finish the stock using more popular modern finishes
Believe me if it was still original and in the original PU setup I’d be one happy camper. Even as it is I’m thrilled to of found a former PU in a sea of regular 91/30’s at the same price. The stock is still nice and not cracked or had repairs so it would still be a good stock to refinish. I wish I could date the stock.
Refinish and repair as required.
Why Not? Are you running a museum?
I collect for the historical significance.
Keep it in original dress meaning replace missing and broken parts.
Mismatched parts? Who cares?
Cleanup or even refinish the stock and keep its history intact.
How many scars do you have over the decades?
I would not go drill it for a scope mount or rail system because the firearms didn’t come that way.
Keep those ol milsurps for the historical significance.
And I have noticed that taking them to the range the folks around you just love em.
(And yes I let others take a few shots if they want.)
Because they are the way the soldiers got top shoot them!
It’s just kewl to shoot an original Mauser or Enfield or Mosin.
I think it gives folks a chance to connect with the past. Nostalgia if you like.
If you want to sportzerize a rifle then do it but get another one to do that with.
I personally have a Swede 96 and also a sportzerized 96.
(Got mine cheap in the 80’s)
Both a great shooters, but the original is just kewl’r!!
They’re your rifles, do with them as you please. Now that that’s said, if they’re numbers matching then they have the possibility of being worth some money some day. Remember it was only 20 years ago that Chinese SKS’s were $80 a piece and even less by the crate. Now some people think they’re worth more than Russian originals! In the end, the rifle is worth what someone will pay for it. I’d buy a beat up rifle from gunbroker or armslist and refinish that first. Then work to keep the original ones looking good and functional.