I recently picked up a Chinese SKS. The metal is in absolutely beautiful shape and all numbers match. It also has both the cleaning kit and cleaning rod (for some reason people take them and try to sell them separately).
Problem is the stock needs some work. The stock is not cracked, but does have some big gouges in it.
My question is what can I use to fill and shape the stock? I mean there is wood filler, but is that the best thing out there?
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August 26, 2010, 07:03 PM
I don't think there is much you can do for big gouges. Options include finding a take-off stock for sale or buying an aftermarket product. You can get SKS stocks from Tapco among others.
August 26, 2010, 07:08 PM
Got any pics of the gouges? If not too deep, I would try to steam them out. What you do is take a wet wash cloth or something similar, and place it against the gouge and apply an iron to it. The iron forces steam into the wood fibers which expand, causing not too deep gouges to pretty much disappear. Note, this will remove the finish where this is done, so figure on refinishing the entire stock. BTW, I sell a stain made expressly for service rifles.
August 26, 2010, 07:28 PM
I will post some pics of the stock damage.
August 26, 2010, 07:51 PM
Think I'd remove all the metal parts from the stock. Get a good finish remover and slop it on the wood. Scrape off the old finish with a putty knife or similar. Get some soap impregnated steel wool pad like SOS and work it all over the stock with hot water. This will get a lot of the dimples and dents out. Let it dry well and sand it smooth. Get a oil based stain like walnut and apply. Wipe the stained stock down with a piece of old towel before the stain dries. If the color is decent great. Apply more stain if you want it a bit darker and if the wood will take it. Once the stain has dried try some satin finish tung oil for the final finish. Just follow the instructions on the container. My SKS came with a garrish red stain applied by a straw broom or equivalent. Once refinished the wood underneath was fairly decent looking. Good luck on your project.
August 26, 2010, 08:08 PM
Your going to have to strip the stock.
A good stripper,and a scrapper will work fine,but "easy-off" cleaner will
Once the finish is removed use a damp wash cloth and a clothes iron and
work on your dings and gouges. Then color and finish as you wish.
BLO is nice,but does take time to apply,but worth the work when your done.
August 27, 2010, 01:41 AM
If you have to refinish the stock, the easiest way to strip the factory finish on the SKS is to use lacquer thinner and a rag. Wet the rag and wipe the stock. The finish will rub off without any scrubbing. It's a lot easier than using any type of stripper and scraping the stock.
August 27, 2010, 10:03 PM
If all numbers match, I would leave it alone.
See if you can pick up a cheap replacement stock and refinish that one. I found one locally for $7 and refinished it. :)