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Markus
02-09-2012, 12:44 PM
anybody get one yet? Ive got some tax money coming and thought they looked good...

beetle
02-09-2012, 1:08 PM
I think OHOD and a few other members should get theirs today. Mine is scheduled for delivery tomorrow.

Regardless, AIM sold out of them the very next day. I think SOG might still have some....

pingpong
02-09-2012, 1:21 PM
I think OHOD and a few other members should get theirs today. Mine is scheduled for delivery tomorrow.

Regardless, AIM sold out of them the very next day. I think SOG might still have some....

What?!?!?! How did they get theirs today? Mine isn't slated to arrived until Monday, and I ordered as soon as they email AIM sent went out. :(.

beetle
02-09-2012, 1:36 PM
What?!?!?! How did they get theirs today? Mine isn't slated to arrived until Monday, and I ordered as soon as they email AIM sent went out. :(.

Trust me buddy, I'm wondering the same thing!!! I think I ordered before they did (based on the timing of their posting here on calguns), but yet they will get theirs before me (and you!). LOL, patience, I must learn patience!

pingpong
02-09-2012, 2:59 PM
Trust me buddy, I'm wondering the same thing!!! I think I ordered before they did (based on the timing of their posting here on calguns), but yet they will get theirs before me (and you!). LOL, patience, I must learn patience!

I guess at least it's better than waiting 10 days (though Monday would be day 11 since when I ordered...).

thepunisher
02-09-2012, 3:54 PM
I missed mine today, they tried to deliver early when I was at work.
It will be here tomorrow and so will I. I will post pics when it arrives.

pingpong
02-09-2012, 4:26 PM
I missed mine today, they tried to deliver early when I was at work.
It will be here tomorrow and so will I. I will post pics when it arrives.

*shakes fist at the lucky ones who get theirs before next week*

Post pics soon; I'm very curious to see what kind of condition this batch rifles are in.

OHOD
02-09-2012, 4:42 PM
Got mine today.
Someone must have beat it with an ugly stick. :eek:

Chaos47
02-09-2012, 4:46 PM
obligatory
:useless:

C&Rtrader
02-09-2012, 4:47 PM
Got mine today.
Someone must have beat it with an ugly stick. :eek:
pics? I did some work on one of mine and it went from ugly to passable

thepunisher
02-09-2012, 7:04 PM
Is OHOD currently cleaning the new/old rifle?

beetle
02-09-2012, 8:30 PM
Got mine today.
Someone must have beat it with an ugly stick. :eek:

oh man, this doesn't give me high hopes for mine being delivered tomorrow....

thepunisher
02-10-2012, 3:28 PM
Here is a couple pics of mine that I got today.

http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q537/Chad_Kinsey/DSCN1688.jpg

http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q537/Chad_Kinsey/DSCN1694.jpg

The upper hand guard looks a bit crusty.

http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q537/Chad_Kinsey/DSCN1687.jpg

OHOD
02-10-2012, 4:57 PM
Here's mine....
Beat all to heck :eek:

http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab207/joanneohod/IMG_0861.jpg
http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab207/joanneohod/IMG_0862.jpg
http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab207/joanneohod/IMG_0863.jpg
http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab207/joanneohod/IMG_0864.jpg

OHOD
02-10-2012, 4:57 PM
More pics...
http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab207/joanneohod/IMG_0865.jpg
http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab207/joanneohod/IMG_0866.jpg

OHOD
02-10-2012, 5:06 PM
Forgot to add, the rifle has strong rifling and the action looks pretty good. Nice and smooth.

thepunisher
02-10-2012, 5:38 PM
Forgot to add, the rifle has strong rifling and the action looks pretty good. Nice and smooth.

Mine has strong rifling too, my action chambers my made up dummy rounds.
My stock does not look too back, I was pretty happy with it.
I guess its hit and miss with these rifles.

OHOD
02-10-2012, 5:41 PM
The stock on mine seems to be rather soft. They are not made of a hard wood? Plus, the wood has a red color.

thepunisher
02-10-2012, 5:50 PM
The stock on mine seems to be rather soft. They are not made of a hard wood? Plus, the wood has a red color.

They used "CHU-wood" it was not as good as the russian wood stocks. No idea if yours was dragged to storage though. Maybe it saw intense fighting in some far off land.

OHOD
02-10-2012, 5:58 PM
They used "CHU-wood" it was not as good as the russian wood stocks. No idea if yours was dragged to storage though. Maybe it saw intense fighting in some far off land.

I'm going to clean it up and keep it as is. Just get the dirt and grease off of it.

thepunisher
02-10-2012, 6:00 PM
I'm going to clean it up and keep it as is. Just get the dirt and grease off of it.

I did not find any cool characters on the stock of my rifle. Did any of the numbers match on yours?

AlabamaBound
02-11-2012, 7:25 AM
Guys, I am considering ordering a T53 from SOG. It will be my first order from them.Can somebody tell he how much it usually costs for shipping? When I go to order, it looks like the shipping is calculated after you place the order...

OHOD
02-11-2012, 8:04 AM
I did not find any cool characters on the stock of my rifle. Did any of the numbers match on yours?

I found a few inspector stamps and that's about it.
Once I clean it up, I think it will be good to go. I know it looks rough but I'll bet it shoots good.

FourTenJaeger
02-11-2012, 1:13 PM
I want one. :(

thepunisher
02-11-2012, 1:45 PM
I found a few inspector stamps and that's about it.
Once I clean it up, I think it will be good to go. I know it looks rough but I'll bet it shoots good.

I cleaned mine up, there was on traces of cosmo when I took the gun apart.
I'm hoping it will be a good shooter. The bore on mine cleaned up really nice.

plumbum
02-11-2012, 4:48 PM
So the consensus is that these rifle are good shooters with rough stocks? I heard that they were 'degreased' from the factory, so they stocks might look more roughed up. I assume that all the other vendors (Classic Arms, SOG etc) got theirs from the same cache?

thepunisher
02-11-2012, 6:45 PM
So the consensus is that these rifle are good shooters with rough stocks? I heard that they were 'degreased' from the factory, so they stocks might look more roughed up. I assume that all the other vendors (Classic Arms, SOG etc) got theirs from the same cache?

I think that is the case, the wood on these rifles is rough. They could be cleaned and left or refinished. I'm still debating on refinishing my stock.
I want to get it out to the range and see how it shoots first.

OHOD
02-11-2012, 11:13 PM
I heard that they were 'degreased' from the factory, so they stocks might look more roughed up.

That might explain the white residue on some of the wood. Ever degrease something and there was this white film left behind?
They might have used trifluorochloroethane. :shrug:

pkc168
02-12-2012, 8:34 AM
Guys, I am considering ordering a T53 from SOG. It will be my first order from them.Can somebody tell he how much it usually costs for shipping? When I go to order, it looks like the shipping is calculated after you place the order...

Shipping is about $24, they add 3% for credit card. So about $177 shipped.

beetle
02-12-2012, 1:59 PM
Mine was deliverd on friday -- I think I got lucky and got a pretty good one. The wood was not too banged up, but the finish was shot. Could be because they degreased it (like someone was saying above), but the finish was a waxy white color (not cosmo). At first I thought I was going to just clean it up and leave it as is, but when I started to clean the stock all of the old varnish/shellac just fell off in clumps. So what started as a simple cleaning job turned into this weekend's refinishing job...

The final result after stripping, steaming out the dents, wood filler in the bigger gouges, a light sanding, stain, two coats of mil-ox, and a final coat of tom's 1/3 mix.... I think it came out pretty nice :)
http://www.employees.org/~beetle/guns/type53-1.JPG

Metal is in decent shape too.
http://www.employees.org/~beetle/guns/type53-2.JPG

With it's brother from another mother (Russian M44)
http://www.employees.org/~beetle/guns/type53-3.JPG

Rifling looks good, should be a nice shooter!

AlabamaBound
02-12-2012, 3:02 PM
Shipping is about $24, they add 3% for credit card. So about $177 shipped.

Perfect, thanks much

pingpong
02-12-2012, 4:15 PM
Mine was deliverd on friday -- I think I got lucky and got a pretty good one. The wood was not too banged up, but the finish was shot. Could be because they degreased it (like someone was saying above), but the finish was a waxy white color (not cosmo). At first I thought I was going to just clean it up and leave it as is, but when I started to clean the stock all of the old varnish/shellac just fell off in clumps. So what started as a simple cleaning job turned into this weekend's refinishing job...

The final result after stripping, steaming out the dents, wood filler in the bigger gouges, a light sanding, stain, two coats of mil-ox, and a final coat of tom's 1/3 mix.... I think it came out pretty nice :)
http://www.employees.org/~beetle/guns/type53-1.JPG

Metal is in decent shape too.
http://www.employees.org/~beetle/guns/type53-2.JPG

With it's brother from another mother (Russian M44)
http://www.employees.org/~beetle/guns/type53-3.JPG

Rifling looks good, should be a nice shooter!

Wow, that looks great! What's this mil-ox that you speak of?

Blitzburgh
02-12-2012, 4:30 PM
Wow, that looks great!

Agreed! Gorgeous! Nice job!

Edit: Now wait a minute! I was going to pick one of these up from AIM, then saw the condition of the first posters and decided not to because of the condition. Now Beetle has gotten one in good condition and refinished to look absolutely beautiful! Now what? Get one? Wow... you guys always end up costing me a bunch of money, you are worse than having a girlfriend or a wife ;)

Kinsel83
02-12-2012, 4:34 PM
Those two are beauties!! Hope are they good shooters too!

beetle
02-12-2012, 5:14 PM
thanks for the kind comments -- yeah I was pretty surprised that the stock was in decent shape, especially after seeing the pics from OHOD and thepunisher. guess it's just luck of the draw (whatever rifle happens to be at the top of the stack).

milox is fairtrimmer's military ox -- a substitute for BLO that cures and dries faster.
http://www.fairtrimmers.com/

thepunisher
02-12-2012, 5:22 PM
The final result after stripping, steaming out the dents, wood filler in the bigger gouges, a light sanding, stain, two coats of mil-ox, and a final coat of tom's 1/3 mix.... I think it came out pretty nice :)
http://www.employees.org/~beetle/guns/type53-1.JPG

What did you strip it with? I'm thinking of refinishing mine and you made up my mind.

beetle
02-12-2012, 8:04 PM
What did you strip it with? I'm thinking of refinishing mine and you made up my mind.

citristrip gel. I used blue scotch bright pad to rub it on, then the scratchy side to clean it off. there was no need to let it soak in (unlike say old garands that have had decades of oil soaked into the stock). it was basically rub on and wipe off (and off came all of the old finish).

I didn't feel the need to get down to bare wood in this instance so I didn't bother trying to get all of the color out. I was going for a dark look anyways so I just stripped it enough so the top finish was off and that the new stain would take.

thepunisher
02-12-2012, 8:14 PM
I was thinking of using some denatured alcohol to strip it down and refinishing with 100% tung oil, but I might give the citristrip a go. My stock just looks ugly but it is not all banged up.

pingpong
02-12-2012, 8:40 PM
citristrip gel. I used blue scotch bright pad to rub it on, then the scratchy side to clean it off. there was no need to let it soak in (unlike say old garands that have had decades of oil soaked into the stock). it was basically rub on and wipe off (and off came all of the old finish).

I didn't feel the need to get down to bare wood in this instance so I didn't bother trying to get all of the color out. I was going for a dark look anyways so I just stripped it enough so the top finish was off and that the new stain would take.

What kind of stain did you use? I've only used Minwax and Rit-Dye, but I'm wondering if there's something better I can use.

beetle
02-12-2012, 8:52 PM
I used some leftover minwax I had from another project. The trick is to make sure you use a stain that is just a stain. So not the minwax with "penetrates and seals", just the plain stain -- so that you can apply your own oil finish afterwards. I think the color I used is red elm.

pingpong
02-13-2012, 7:32 PM
Just got mine today. Kinda bummed that I didn't get one with Chinese characters stamped on the receiver, and the wood has a ton of big gouges all over the place. Heck, even the crown has a pretty big dent on it.

mosinnagantm9130
02-13-2012, 7:34 PM
Just got mine today. Kinda bummed that I didn't get one with Chinese characters stamped on the receiver, and the wood has a ton of big gouges all over the place. Heck, even the crown has a pretty big dent on it.

Is it a 1960?