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JustBen
05-08-2012, 08:15 AM
Last winter, I bought a few old guns off TradeEx, including a "Fair to Good" condition M96 Husky Sporter for $225. With the open sights, I can manage a 4 in group at 100 yards, so its good enough to hunt with. I have to apologize for the pictures. A simple clean and polish turned into a semi major refinish, and I never expected to be posting pictures.

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In the condition I got it, I'd estimate that the bluing was half worn. The stock was beaten up pretty good, and the checkering was damaged well beyond repair. There was a small crack in the stock right at the butt plate that extended into the stock about an inch and a half. So, I took the wood stripper and sandpaper to the stock, completely removing the surface scars and what was left of the checkering in the process. Any of the deeper marks I tackled with a wet cloth and a hot iron, probably removing a good 3/4s of what was there. I took about an inch off the stock with my chop saw and attached a Pachmayr Decelerator pad. The new recoil pad is much tamer than the solid plastic plate that it replaced, although the grind to fit with a dremel was less than fun. I need a belt sander!

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To replace the "gripiness" that was lost from the checkering being sanded off, I took a small diamond bit in my dremel and went to work, stipling the grip and a patch on the forearm of the stock. Its far from perfect, but it does provide a very good grip surface. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

I added a release button to the floor plate to make it easier to drop the internal box magazine. I wanted to convert it to a hinged floor plate, but I figured that would require a few more hours than I was looking to add to the project. Besides, the button works just fine. I made the button by cutting down an old socket extension that was worn out. It was obviously a cheaper grade steel, which worked well when I took the file to it.

I used Outer's bluing kit, available at Canadian Tire, to reblue the steel. Prep work was lengthy, and I still didn't get to the left I had originally hoped to. I was impressed with the results, but cleanliness is critical if you want to get a good finish.

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Now all I have to do is fashion a leather sling for it. Its not a pretty gun, but its functional and it will easily do the intended job. Its my bush beater gun.

Redhouse
05-08-2012, 08:21 AM
Nice work, I'd feel no shame wielding that!

jonanddad
05-08-2012, 04:30 PM
Very nice, Great work!

mlehto
05-08-2012, 04:54 PM
Nice.

Thinking about redoing the barrel on my new swede, but scared to mess it up even worse.

superbrad
05-08-2012, 06:16 PM
Great work ben... Like I waa telling you earlier, these oldere rifles deserve to be less than perfect... They deserve to wear their scars with pride for owners that respect them...

Very very nice...