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    Default Refinishing a Mosin M44

    I fully understand that refinishing older guns generally devalues them. That said, refinishing and already refinished older gun shouldn’t raise too many eyebrows.

    When I bought this M44 the original reddish hue was already replaced with a walnut looking stain job. It looked good and was done decently enough but I decided to redo it more for a project than anything else.

    It was just a matter of removing the old finish, applying a few coats of Minwax number 225, red mahogany, and then topping it off with a few coats of tru oil. Patience is always key making sure everything is fully dry before taking the next step. I know it may appear too glossy for some but it is to my liking and if I change my mind some triple zero steel wool is already on hand.

    Thanks for looking and as always, all comments good or bad are always appreciated, Brian







    Last edited by bripro; April 28th, 2020 at 11:03 PM.
    DDG-8 "Sine Timore"

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    Default Re: Refinishing a Mosin M44

    Wow, looks excellent! I'd keep the shine personally - I like it.

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    Default Re: Refinishing a Mosin M44

    Looks good.
    The Russians used Amber shellac in order to get that reddish look.

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    Thumbs up Re: Refinishing a Mosin M44

    Sweet looking Boomstick

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    Default Re: Refinishing a Mosin M44

    Nice job, nothing wrong with that change, it looks better with the more reddish color you used in my opinion.
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    Default Re: Refinishing a Mosin M44

    I like it a lot. Similar to what I did to my yugo Mauser 20 years ago.

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    Default Re: Refinishing a Mosin M44

    Looks great. Nice job. I redid the furniture on my 91/30. Before and after in the pics.
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    Default Re: Refinishing a Mosin M44

    Looks good man
    My Mosin refinish project didn't come out nearly as nice
    I'm faster than Doc Holliday (with Novocaine of course)

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    Default Re: Refinishing a Mosin M44

    Thanks everybody for looking and taking the time to respond. It was somewhat fun bringing it up to par. Definitely a test of patience allowing 24 hours between coats. I’m Thanks everybody for looking and taking the time to respond. It was somewhat fun bringing it up to par. Definitely a test of patience allowing 24 hours between coats.
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    Default Re: Refinishing a Mosin M44

    Quote Originally Posted by bripro View Post
    Thanks everybody for looking and taking the time to respond. It was somewhat fun bringing it up to par. Definitely a test of patience allowing 24 hours between coats. I’m Thanks everybody for looking and taking the time to respond. It was somewhat fun bringing it up to par. Definitely a test of patience allowing 24 hours between coats.
    You're welcome - enjoy it! You're welcome - enjoy it!

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