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bplvr
03-25-2010, 6:18 PM
Well the set of 4 Finnish M39's {'67-'70} showed up today and the stocks all have a very 'rough' finish.They don't seem to have been sanded at all after being made. They are also dry to the touch.I believe that M39's from these years were all made of Arctic Birch. As these are just for collecting, I don't want to do anything to lower their value ,however there must be something that I can do so these stocks don't dry rot without ruining their value. {No,I won't sand them}
All ideas appreciated.

Fate
03-25-2010, 6:20 PM
They won't dry rot. The finish is authentic and should be left alone. "Dry" is exactly how a Finn should look. Anything else you do to it will be a mistake, collector-wise.

Dr. Peter Venkman
03-25-2010, 6:52 PM
Post-war stocks tend to be appear pretty dry, but they should be fine. Post pictures if you can.

pogo
03-25-2010, 7:43 PM
Well the set of 4 Finnish M39's {'67-'70} showed up today ....
You say you just received four late date M39s, '67 to '70, does that mean one of each year, did you get 1969 in the group? I do like the finish (or lack of) on these late date M39s.

AngryPossum
03-25-2010, 8:35 PM
Please post pics...I love M39s!!!!

SVT-40
03-26-2010, 2:33 PM
The late date Finn's are some of the nicest. The figure in some of the stocks is amazing

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w201/SVT-40/Finnish/DSC01057-01.jpg
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w201/SVT-40/Finnish/DSC01058-01.jpg

Milsurp Collector
03-26-2010, 3:11 PM
Well the set of 4 Finnish M39's {'67-'70} showed up today and the stocks all have a very 'rough' finish.They don't seem to have been sanded at all after being made. They are also dry to the touch.I believe that M39's from these years were all made of Arctic Birch. As these are just for collecting, I don't want to do anything to lower their value ,however there must be something that I can do so these stocks don't dry rot without ruining their value. {No,I won't sand them}
All ideas appreciated.

My post war stock has no finish to the wood. Is that common?

Yes this is rather common to see on the post war stocks. They have either no finish or next to no finish on the wood. In many regards they look untreated.

http://mosinnagant.net/finland/finnfaq.asp


Read this entire thread (ignore the thread title) http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?132838-Boiled-linseed-oil

TRAP55
03-26-2010, 3:27 PM
Closest thing you'll find to the original finish.
http://www.thegunstockdoctor.com/Products.html

bplvr
03-26-2010, 4:49 PM
You say you just received four late date M39s, '67 to '70, does that mean one of each year, did you get 1969 in the group? I do like the finish (or lack of) on these late date M39s.

'67,'68,'69,'70 / no plugs in any of the stocks / they look just like the ones posted by SVT-40

Bokmal
04-02-2010, 1:54 AM
Well the set of 4 Finnish M39's {'67-'70} showed up today and the stocks all have a very 'rough' finish.They don't seem to have been sanded at all after being made. They are also dry to the touch.I believe that M39's from these years were all made of Arctic Birch.
Some toughts on your nice set of late Ukko-Pekkas (M/39) :)

The late years M/39 were assembled from arsenal spare parts. They stocks were also (mostly) post war arsenal spares but unused wartime and pre war stocks can also be found on these late rifles. The shape of the mid stock finger joints help in dating.

The ubiquitous green metalled leather sling would be correct on all these.

From a Finnish point of view the stocks were made of Birch. Full stop. There can be the occasional Arctic, Masur, Curly, Pendula or Flaming Birch in there but that was never a conscious policy. "Flaming" birch is a relatively common mutation on several species of birch that gives the "Tiger stripe" stocks we collectors love.

My Finnish 2 cents on the treatment of the stocks is that, unless you specifically collect untreated arsenal stock, I would use BLO or some of the mixtures commonly found to preserve the stocks. There was never an official FDF Mosin-Stock-Mixture, different arsenals used what the employed craftsmen deemed best. Durability and field-worthiness was the objective, not estethics.

Congratulations on a nice set SVT-40 and I'd like to see pics on yours too, bplvr!