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Some pics comeing soon. The wood is finally off the action. Initial sanding and fitting is done with the metal and the buttplate installed to control how much sanding occurs near the critical parts interfaces....don't wanna remove too much wood. The stock is even with the upper and lower tangs so it can be gripped without bite and the panels of the wrist are just like the forend wood....a bit proud of the action panels. The gap between the action panels and the wrist of the stock might be a touch larger than I like but it'll be okay.....the undercuts fit inside the action nicely.

For now, I'd sanded and wet sanded the wood to remove whiskers. Then rubbed in two good coats of Tru Oil with light sanding between to freeze and cut off any last hidden whiskers in the walnut....don't want the wood to whisker up one really humid or wet day....once it does its always rough to the touch afterward.

Tonight I did the final sanding to remove that second coat of Tru Oil, just barely back to the surface of the wood....does a nice job fillin the pores in Walnut too....

I then removed all the wood, touched up any final spots with 220g and dusted it off and rubbed in hard and hot a third coat of Tru Oil. When that's dry, I'll knock back the gloss and level the finish with 0000 steel wool and rub in 3 or so more coats steel wooling inbetween. The final rub down will be with Brownells fff to bring the dull steel wooled finish up to a satin sheen that is smooth, warm and soft to touch. Nothin much like. And as always, the top coat is two layers of buffed Johnsons paste wax......good ol stuff and smells good when ya rub it in.

But with the dry time between coats I can get back to Renegade project, need to sharpen my chisels, got some barrel key panels that need inletting into a nice chunk of walnut.....and I gotta get a big cardboard box, pan of water and a light bulb ready for blueing all the metal on both projects....souther summer humidity has flown away....gotta make my own to blue.....
 

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Fourth trip down hand buff lane with this wood. 2 coats on with the wood and buttplate installed, lightly sanded back to the surface to freeze and remove whiskers. 2 coats with the wood metal and buttplate separated and deglossed/smoothed with 0000 steel wool. Butt is heavily sealed.....action inlets will be too before we are done. Time to reinstall the buttplate and rub in hard the last two coats of Tru Oil, deglossing and smoothing with 0000 steel wool and then the final rub out with fff and a topcoat of good paste wax.
The high gloss and dust pins and finger smears and such of coat 4


And the degloss, removal of the dust pins and finger smears via 0000 steel wool. Back to the surface, leveling the finish and providing the ground work for Soft, Warm and Satin Glow.
 

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Sixth and last coat of tru oil just got rubbed hot, hard into the wood. Lotsa folks say they lay on 10 or 15 coats of TruOil.....I spose if ya like the look. It'll sure shine, like a low grade porn stars hooties when sprayed with Ultratittium Boob Gloss jes before the Action Scene.....but I prefer something a bit more subdued, traditional hand rubbed satin, it glows, lets the wood shine thru.....So, using truoil, no sense tryin to speed up the process and weaken the finish by mixin in armor all for the fast set...it sets plenty fast to rub in 6 or coats of finish in just 2 days...just rub in drops with the heel of yer hand, hot and hard till its almost dry and yer hand hurts from the friction heat....wait 3 to 5 hours, buff with 0000, dust and topcoat again. Tonight or tomorrow we'll do the last leveling with 0000 steel wool and a good rub out with fff compound.
 

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Forend and front half of the stock are deglossed/leveled after the 6th and final coat of truoil has kicked over......I'll finish deglossing and leveling the back half of the stock too.

Here the forend and the front half of the stock have been handrubbed to a soft and satiny final glow using terry and brownells fff. I'll finish rubbing out the back half of the stock too.

After the final rub out with fff, a coat of Johnsons paste wax is rubbed in....hard, heel of the hand, till it's hot and dry. Then its buffed off with clean terry leaving the wood glowing, grain showing, golds, reds and greens of the wood all highlighted.

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Done....wrapped em up and boxed em up and put em in a dent free place till its time to do the final build after rust bluing all the metal.
 

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Thanks. Been out huntin. Sister took her first buck yesterday at 10 yards with a Marlin 3030 that I shortened into a small/light/tight 17" barreled scoped carbine for her. One shot, neck, Dead Right There! Getting back to this project in a week or two.....
 

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Congrats to your sister on her first buck. I just wanna say I have really enjoyed reading and following this thread. Looking forward to the next part. Excellent work!!!
 

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Thanks. Still huntin with Sis. She saw does at 250m today...bit far for the 3030 and anyway, its Buck season. Met the gamewarden tonight too....first in and last out. Brrrrr...22 degrees this AM at 0600 and only climbed to 50 or so. But a good day out and we're doin it again tomorrow, but as a noon to dark hunt. I hope she sees deer again and gets another buck with that lil carbine of hers. Course I'd shoot one too but only if it don't come in to her 100 yard off hand shooting limit. First one was nice...came all the way into to about 20 to 30 feet...DRT with a nice neck shot. We'll see.....lovein huntin.....got some time off in December so I might can make up a damp box and get this Marauder done....just a few hours left and it'll be ready to go out the door to someone.
 

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Back home and getting ready to do final shapin of the lever and tryin to decide if I'm gonna blue it all, blue the lever/tangs or not blue any of it.
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Sorry, liked it lots better when I could past in pics from imgur but lately the thread won't even let me copy and past data from any source and so, small pics in line instead of bigger pics from top to bottom.
 

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Really looks good. Just done my glennfield and I really like the tru- oil. Got some birchwood casys stock wax as well. Like it too.
 

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Best stock wax I ever used was Wax Shop Liquid Carnuba for cars. Then TurtleCrap bought the Waxshop an killed all their product lines.
 

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Action, barrel both cleaned up great. There is good 1967 blueing under there and very minimal speckeling and a few places where work has rubbed of blueing. Overall its a wonderful look. I think I will only rust blue some small parts, the lever and tangs and get this one back together and out there as a working rifle again. Its been working all its life, judging by the marks and broken stock but its in wonderful condition and with 90% or so of the original blue on the gun still in good shape, I think I'll leave it in Working Condition. Someone else can blue it another 50 years down the line.
 

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Getting excited now, a view from the shoulder of the 1886 Winchester rear sight and the Williams fire site front.

And on the upper rear tang, (had some carry wear and a bit of polish occurred in fitting the new stock), commencing to replicate the carry wear with pilkingtons to blue it, oil to keep it bright....when done, high spots will remain bright steel, just like it was when we started the project.
 

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Front band is final sculpted and fitted. I think, since I have to rust blue the lever, I will rust blue both bands. Barrel looks pretty decent outside and I don't want the bands to detract from the appearance.
 

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Comeing along. Guts cleaned and inspected and back in place. All is well on the back end. Front end about to go together....working slow thru a bit of a feaver....9 airplanes in 12 days of travel and thousands of choke and pukes coughin on ya and I come home a bit ill. But, 80s punk on the record player and a lovely day to work on a gun....
 

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With the forend magazine installed, a tour of the front half. Not attractive wood at all....but the blue is still good and I'll only be rebluing the lever. As for the rest of it, a good cleaning and this rifle come Marauder Carbine starts to show its stuff.
 

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A tour around the back and a small chip out of the wood at the right side of the upper tang.
 

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The hard part is getting anything to rust in the winter. But a damp box and hot water in a hot cup and change the water often the first blooms of color start to come up on the metal coated in pilkingtons.....
 

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