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08-29-2015, 02:06 PM
So I had some questions about my SVT in another thread. I figured why not share the love?

I picked mine up for $300 and was immediately enamored with it.

http://i.imgur.com/ccpiAt1.jpg?1

I noticed right away that the magazine had some odd paint blemish on it. Cosmetics? As far as I was concerned this was a shooter, not a museum display.

That was, until I botched the reassembly after its first serious cleaning. Being inexperienced and in a rush, I tried to use a pair of pliers to compress the finicky recoil spring in order to re-seat the dust cover, and clumsily scratched the stock:

http://i.imgur.com/Qmmk2Cl.jpg?1

Not pretty. Knowing it was my own stupid fault didn't help.

But that did open the door to a kind of project I'd never done before: refinishing a wood stock. Online research, and consultation with a friend more experienced than I in cabinetry and carpentry, agreed that linseed oil was the best choice for refinishing. From what we could tell, the stock was originally hand shaped and fit, which matches what I understood about the SVT's manufacturing history. So we weren't about to use any power tools in this process...

http://i.imgur.com/ypwPijR.jpg?1

Here's what we did:


Sand down the existing finish. Start with 80 grit sandpaper, and burn it up taking off the layers of cosmoline and what-have you.
Follow it up with 120 grit paper, and then end it off with 220 grit to give it a smooth finish. Move with the grain of the wood.
Wipe and wet the wood. Wait 24 hours
Give any roughed up areas another pass with the 220. Because the SVT stock is Arctic Birch it's "hairy wood"
Find somewhere safe for your stock to dry and apply a coat of double boiled linseed oil. I used an old t-shirt, but any soft cloth will help avoid brush marks.
Repeat till desired darkness. Waiting 24 hours between coats. I took 5 days and applied 4 coats of oil.


http://i.imgur.com/vZhfmjF.jpg?1

Interestingly, as we sanded away the original finish, marks and stamps that had been previously invisible were revealed. Beyond the obvious identifier on the side of the stock, I found a subtle and detailed 5 stamp on the underside, as well as a few stock repairs and nicks. Perhaps if I were a dedicated collector and researcher there might be more to learn about this particular 1941 rifle, but I'm happy just having it to shoot.

That's it! Slow meticulous work, but immensely satisfying, and a great way to spend an afternoon or two on the porch with a beer and some tools. I'm suddenly eyeing the other wood stocks in my safe, wondering if they wouldn't benefit from a little love too.

Then things went in a different direction...

http://i.imgur.com/E9m0eDf.jpg?1

I got an optic mount and stainless piston parts from Corwin Arms because: why not?

This is a non-gunsmithing (but somewhat finicky) optics mount that doesn't require any permanent modifications or "bubba-ing" of the rifle. I can restore it back to the middle photo in about 5 minutes. The cheek riser is a Tasmanian Tiger wrist office with layers of foam inserts inside and a section of camera case divider velcroe'd onto the top panel!

So far the brass doesn't seem to be impacting the scope and nothings shaken loose! I have a feeling I should be reducing my gas system now though.

That's my story.

Rory McCanuck
08-29-2015, 02:52 PM
Nicely done.

That was, until I botched the reassembly after its first serious cleaning. Being inexperienced and in a rush, I tried to use a pair of pliers to compress the finicky recoil spring in order to re-seat the dust cover, and clumsily scratched the stock: ... Not pretty. Knowing it was my own stupid fault didn't help.
My dog hates that sound. Not so much the slip or the spring that takes off, but the language that comes after :mad1:

Foxer
08-29-2015, 05:33 PM
Wow did that ever turn out nice! Well done!

Haywire1
08-29-2015, 05:50 PM
Very nice tvpp. Well done

blacksmithden
08-29-2015, 09:40 PM
Sweet finish man ! A job VERY well done !

lone-wolf
08-29-2015, 09:48 PM
Looks good tvpp, refinishing is pretty satisfying when it turns out good.

Nelson84
08-30-2015, 12:00 AM
Looks good

road kill
08-30-2015, 04:08 AM
Looks good with the new finish. I did a similar job on a sks with good results.

Nelson84
08-30-2015, 02:59 PM
What do you mean by double boiled linseed oil? Do you mean you boiled the oil or does it just come in a can saying doubled boiled by manufacture?

I would like to try this. I have a K31 and a steyr m-95 that could use a work over but it will hurt original though.

Foxer
08-30-2015, 04:18 PM
What do you mean by double boiled linseed oil? Do you mean you boiled the oil or does it just come in a can saying doubled boiled by manufacture?

Manufacturer. Such as this:

http://waxine.com/media/img/products/huiledelin473ml_1.jpg

kennymo
08-30-2015, 07:02 PM
Special note: don't try putting a pot of linseed oil on the stove....

Rory McCanuck
08-30-2015, 08:04 PM
God no! :eek1:

Foxer
08-30-2015, 08:41 PM
Well -certainly not more than once anyway.

road kill
08-31-2015, 06:38 AM
Oh come on guys, boiling your own linseed oil would rate up there with cleaning guns in the dish washer. ;D

DanN
08-31-2015, 08:48 AM
I've also had some very satisfying results with Tung Oil. I don't recommend applying it to your tongue, though. :)

TheHydrant
09-01-2015, 05:49 AM
the pics look great. I do believe I'm inspired to give it a try

Pizzed
09-01-2015, 10:06 AM
^I'd try stripper to soften the existing finish and then carefully scraping it away (slow, tedious process but worth it) before touching it with sandpaper. And then it would only get 220.

But good looking finish.

Rory McCanuck
09-01-2015, 11:20 AM
And lacquer is alcohol soluble, isn't it?
That way you aren't removing any stamps or details.

Sunshine
09-14-2015, 08:51 AM
http://i.imgur.com/E9m0eDf.jpg?1

I got an optic mount and stainless piston parts from Corwin Arms because: why not?

This is a non-gunsmithing (but somewhat finicky) optics mount that doesn't require any permanent modifications or "bubba-ing" of the rifle. I can restore it back to the middle photo in about 5 minutes. The cheek riser is a Tasmanian Tiger wrist office with layers of foam inserts inside and a section of camera case divider velcroe'd onto the top panel!

So far the brass doesn't seem to be impacting the scope and nothings shaken loose! I have a feeling I should be reducing my gas system now though.

That's my story.

I tried a few different ideas for mounting a scope on an SVT 40 but had problems with everything until I put a POSP side rail on it. It works well and the scope is wonderful.

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/t31.0-8/12022387_1500125316971534_3628531301153583936_o.jp g

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/t31.0-8/12002579_1500125286971537_2280220187949846562_o.jp g

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/t31.0-8/12002577_1500125243638208_8591808964671821669_o.jp g

Hornychief
04-03-2016, 08:42 PM
Nice!! How do you find that scope? Any chance of a pic through it?

Hakim93
04-04-2016, 12:25 AM
I have done a few Mosins, never touched them with sandpaper. Spray methyl hydrate on the stock, and the cheap Soviet shellac just dissolves instantly. I use a mix of equal parts linseed oil, turpentine, and pine tar. Soak the stock with it and apply heat, until it won't absorb any more. After curing for a month, apply a couple of coats of tung oil. Here is my 91/30PU after re-finishing.

Trevor15
04-15-2017, 04:36 AM
Beautiful job. Was considering doing my SKS so its nice to see some posts of great work.

M39
04-23-2017, 04:25 PM
That looks so good I like the darker color spots on the light wood color. Svt-40 is the best looking rifle of all time.

FALover
04-23-2017, 08:03 PM
I've also had some very satisfying results with Tung Oil. I don't recommend applying it to your tongue, though. :)

Pure Tung oil is my choice of oil finishes. Not the big box toxic brews that have .003% Tung oil but the good stuff from Lee Valley. Lasts forever, a little goes a long way, thins great with citrus solvent and no nasty VOC's in the house. I have a SVT that I bought a couple of years ago (just because) and I have still not got to cleaning the cosmo out of it. This thread gets me to thinking it's about time to getrdun.