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Original finish on a VZ-24 8mm Mauser?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Col. Plink, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. Col. Plink

    Col. Plink Well-Known Member

    Hey y'all,

    I have a really nice VZ-24 that is in surprisingly good shape for a rifle supposedly bound for the Eastern Front. It has all matching parts except for the bolt, which is stainless (did the Nazi contract rifles for the Romanians have matching stainless bolts?).

    What was the original finish on these rifles? Mine has a light brown hue to it and I'd love to bring out its natural attributes, but don't want to make it 'unoriginal'. :confused: Any hints?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. vanfunk

    vanfunk Well-Known Member

    The bolt is steel "in the white", and not stainless steel. The light brown hue on the rest of the metal parts is caused by light surface rust, though those of us who enjoy military surplus firearms refer to it as "patina." Fancy name or not, though, it's rust. The original finish is blue.

    Do you have pictures to post?


  3. Col. Plink

    Col. Plink Well-Known Member

    I should have said 'wood finish' is light brown; the metal is in excellent shape. So I was hoping to learn what the original finish on the wood was so might improve its looks without making it 'modified'. Thanks!
  4. DougW

    DougW Well-Known Member

    Oiled finish on the stock, like boiled lindseed oil, would be proper. Multi coats works the best.
  5. AT2

    AT2 Well-Known Member

    I just refinished mine with some tounge oil and am quite pleased with it. Pics to follow (please ignore by beat up blinds).





    Last edited: Apr 22, 2010
  6. Maj Dad

    Maj Dad Well-Known Member

    Tell me where you picked up that jewel & I'll forget about the blinds... ;)
  7. AT2

    AT2 Well-Known Member

    Sir, I got it from Aimsurplus.com, ordered two of 'em when they had 'em in stock. It was 200 bucks a pop for scrubbed crest and a great bore I just needed shooters and didn't really care about the crests. This was the better one but both are pretty good.

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