Giving an old Mauser sporter stock a new life.


January 17, 2012, 08:16 AM
Some of you know, I do a lot of work on Milsurp stocks, but I also do work on many commercial stocks also. Every now and then this type of work will cross over as in this old stock.
This is a Walnut stock that was picked up for $20 at a gun show. It was probably made back in the early 60's buy one of the many companies that were using Mauser actions to build commercial sporter rifles.
The stock had an old high gloss varnish finish that had seen it's better days. It was cracked and chipped and was beyond saving.
My friend asked my to fit and refinish the old stock to his CZ project rifle.
The stock had a few other problems;
#1 Rear pillar post rusted into the wood.
#2 Crack at the rear of the tang.
#3 Cut out for commercial trigger safety lever.
#4 The stock was cut to fit a commercial hinged trigger guard.
#5 The recoil pad screws were stuck.

And this is what was done to fix these problems;
#1 The pillar was removed and the bad wood was drilled out. The new pillar was glassed into place.
#2 I did my standard wrist repair, dowel and glass.
#3 Squared off the area and spliced in a new piece of Walnut.
#4 I fitted the stock to take a Military trigger guard.
#5 I just taped off the recoil pad so that it was not damaged while the stock was worked on.

Here is the stock as I got it. If you look close you can see the cracks in the finish at the rear sling stud and on the left side of the stock.

Here is where the Commercial safety lever was, kind of like on a Remington 700.
I just squared off the cutout and spliced in a new piece of wood.
You can also see the repaired crack at the top of the wrist. The old finish had also been stripped off.

Here is the repair after it was dressed up and stained.

When it came to the finish my friend told me to do what I thought would be best for an all around hunting rifle, but he also wanted a finish that would be easy to keep up.
I am a big fan when it comes to an oil finish and this one was a no brainer.
I applied 2 Oil Scrubbed coats with BLO then 3 hand rubbed coats. The color of the stock is natural without stain.

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January 17, 2012, 08:35 AM
Very nice work!

January 17, 2012, 10:34 AM
Nice job but I am curious. Why did you revert back to a military trigger guard and safety for a scoped sporter?

January 17, 2012, 01:00 PM
The guy I did the work for wanted to use it for a Sporter he was building. You can see it in the last two photos.
It's a Vz24 action with the military trigger and triggerguard.

January 17, 2012, 01:04 PM
I can also see a bridge mount scope base and a standard military 3 position safety. Is he going with iron sights or a low swing safety on his sporter? Or possibly a compact scope?

January 17, 2012, 01:11 PM
The owner is a friend of mine and I did the work at no charge, I gace him a low profile safty to replace the military one. He mounted a scope on it and sold it on the first day he took it to the range.
He said that he put about 10 rounds down range and some guy offered him a lot more money for the gun then what he had in it. He sold the gun and went home with about a $300 profit.

January 17, 2012, 01:19 PM
Wow! Maybe he'll share some of his good fortune with you,since you made it happen!

January 17, 2012, 02:01 PM
We have been friends and co workers for about 11 years.
When I was going through cancer treatments, he and his wife were the ones that kept up my yard.
I can't count the times we have fought over who was going to get to pay for lunch.
You can't put a price on friendship or charge friends for work you love to do.
Now he did try to pay me, but I would not take his money.

January 17, 2012, 04:10 PM
Good deal! Glad to hear that.

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