I have a pre-64 Winchester Model 70 30-06 that was given to me by my grandfather about 24 years ago when I was 11. It belonged to a good friend of his, and I'm sure it has seen many miles of hiking and chasing after deer.
The stock has seen better days, and I'd like to have it refinished. I started the refinishing process in 2002, but have since packed it away in the gun case. I used Tal-Strip to remove the finish, put heavy masking tape over the checkering, and began to sand with fine sandpaper. In 2006, I started back up again, and regretfully used a more course sandpaper in a few areas. I also ran a few Kroil soaked patches down the barrel. We moved in 2007 and to aid in moving my rifles, I installed the action in the stock. It appears the oil has soaked in to the wood at the rear of the action.
I feel this stock is truly a beautiful piece of wood and it appears to be loaded with fiddleback. Some of the pictures are of the wood wiped down with water to help show the detail of the wood. There are some dents and dings which should easily be lifted, but their are some gouges which might not be able to be repaired. Sure, it would be nice to have them repaired, but price and whether it looks like a repair will determine whether they should be. I'd rather live with some gouges than to have obvious repairs or lots of wood removed.
I don't have the time to dedicate to the refinishing of this stock. Having been raised on a 120 acre ranch just south of the Oregon border in a place just SE of Yreka, CA, I'm a very mechanically inclined and handy individual. I have a big problem though. I get VERY frustrated when I spend a ton of time on something, trying so hard to have something turn out perfect, only to be disappointed. Therefore, I've realized I should leave this job to an expert, one with the correct tools to turn back time and have this stock resemble what it was the day the action was first placed in it.
Does anybody know somebody who can refinish this stock?