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Old 05-29-2005, 05:49 PM   #1
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Got this birch stock fixed up...

Finally got all the birch stock bits and found time to fix 'em up I love birch stocks and finally am going to put a set on a garand of mine. It's going onto an IHC refurb build I'm doing.

The handguards came off e-bay, though the rear HG was stained almost walnut color. Had to strip it with acetone and then bathe it in TSP to get it back to natural birch color - it's a good match now. The buttstock was off another auction site advertised as a Walnut stock and was dirty and beat up. I steamed most of the bad dents out and it now has that "used but not abused" look to it.

I think it'll look good on the rifle once I get the barrel spun on
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Old 05-29-2005, 08:50 PM   #2
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Nice stock. When I hear birch, I think of tiger striping. That's not always so. Some looks darn near like walnut. Nice job.
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Old 05-30-2005, 12:17 PM   #3
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Here's a picture of my Select Grade M1 I received from CMP back when they offered Select Grades. It came with a brand new never issued Birch Stock. The stock came through with a real course finish, the kind you get when you soak new wood in Linseed Oil. I took a little BLO and 0000 steel wool and with a few light passes took the wiskering off and brought it down to a smooth feel.
The new birch is nice, but give me a pretty walnut anyday.
My buddy received a really nice IHC M1 that had some very dark stained walnut. After a little work and clean up that stock looks like it has a matched set of AA Walnut. One of the prettiest stocks I've ever seen, puts some upgrade hunting rilfes to shame.
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Old 05-30-2005, 03:15 PM   #4
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Just posted this image in another thread, but it fits in the birch theme and the other pics were too large.
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Old 05-30-2005, 05:07 PM   #5
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I agree that Walnut's nice, but I already have some nice Walnut Garands, this will be my first birchey and I'm looking forward to it! Variety is the spice of life don'tcha know?
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Old 05-30-2005, 05:21 PM   #6
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Yah, ya betcha. (You almost sound local claven2.) I almost prefer the look of the birch to walnut, it really creates a seperation between the parkerized metal and the wood.
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Old 05-30-2005, 07:39 PM   #7
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One of my Birch offerings...........5.8 mil North store Greek S.A.

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