Refinish of a refurbished Mosin 91/30


June 20, 2012, 01:30 PM
I know I'm setting myself up to get flamed for refinishing a rifle but I think in this case it was justified.

I bought this recently at a pawnshop. The previous owner while thinking he was Mr. Vasily Zaytsev (spelling varies) wrapped camoflaged duck tape around it, shot it hard and put it up for long term storage. After a couple of years decided to uncamoflage it by removing the duct tape. He found out by removing the tape he was removing the shelac finish off of the birch stock. Tiring of it he got what he could from the pawn shop which must have not been very much.

I finished removing the tape and using zip strip revoved what was left of the remaining finish. I never used sand paper at all. Just paper towels and 0000 steel wool. I spent a couple of days swabbing out the bore, soaking and cleaning the hardware.

I refinished the stock with my own formula of "Ukranian Red" shelac.

Being a 1943 Ivesck wartime production I decided to leave it on the flat side instead of the gloss finish of later arsenal refurb.

I haven't shot it yet, I need to find some ammo for it.

You comments and suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.


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June 20, 2012, 01:43 PM
Looks fresh from the factory to me, great job
June 20, 2012, 01:48 PM
I have never liked the Russian Shellac anyways. Oil finished Mosin stocks are much more appealing to me and some of them have an incredible grain rivaling the Finnish Artic Birch.

I like your re-finish job and it looks to me that you have a nice looking rifle that you can enjoy taking to the range.

I've recently re-discovered the Mosin-Nagants and they are extremely pleasant to shoot and capable of decent accuracy.


June 20, 2012, 02:46 PM
Nice! Looks like it just came outta the cosmoline.

stan rose
June 20, 2012, 02:48 PM
I think it looks great, hope you enjoy shooting it as much as working on it.

June 20, 2012, 04:32 PM
I've have over 700 of those come through my little place here, and you got that one lookin right nice! :D

good job ... enjoy it!

June 20, 2012, 04:55 PM
Nice job! Looks great. :cool:

Texan Scott
June 20, 2012, 05:16 PM
Beautiful. You have done that poor rifle a service, and your good deed for the day.

June 21, 2012, 10:36 PM
Don't feel bad, I refinished my mosin as soon as i bought it. i didn't care for the thick shellac that felt sticky in my hand, nor did i care for the lack of grain feature. so i stripped it, lightly sanded it, put on a nice cherry stain, with a satin finish. You'd think it came from the factory that way, it's a beauty.....

June 23, 2012, 07:19 AM
Nice work. I refinished my Marlin 336 in 35 rem last year. It really made the gun mine and i will never get rid of it.

June 23, 2012, 07:24 AM
You did a really good job. You should be very proud, as it looks stupendous. You will get no flames from me. Congrats on a success.:)

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