Originally Posted by artoaster
I just received a Bulgarian 74 kit with all wood furniture and it looks like I can just start with 220 grit and go to work. It doesn't look like stripping is necessary like with the Romy.
I've done a few of those and the ones I had I did strip before sanding, the fatory finish is nicer then the romy's but still has a clear coating on it and what you don't want to do is try to sand off the clear. You will be better off stripping it and then sanding because you have less chance of damaging the stock the less sanding you do.