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Old 10-24-2017, 7:32 AM
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Default k31 Stock Restoration

This was a reasonably good stock to begin with, 1941 Mfg but with all of the dings of use and storage. No gouges at all.
Note the sharp edges. All of the dings were removed with a directional, electric steam pot nozzle.
Note the sling well area........ still sharp and clean. No sanded "under sizing of the buttstock. All foregrip joints are sharp and solid.
The shellaq was removed with pure alcohol, the stock was bleached and very lightly surface sanded.
Note the original cartouche is still there.
It was then generously coated with a flake shellaq. This is as close to a restoration and as far from a refinish as we could get.












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That is amazing work Latigo. It reminds me very strongly of my K11, which was refinished in an almost identical manner to yours.
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Old 10-24-2017, 10:30 AM
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If you look closely enough you can still see the slightly blemished spots where the dings were raised, but none of them are really apparent.

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That looks fantastic.

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Thanks, Bainter, but it's not something you couldn't do as well.

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Thanks, Bainter, but it's not something you couldn't do as well.

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I don't know.....I think that beaver may have gone a little too far on mine.

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That should be in a glass case.p
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Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!
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Whoever refinished my K11 did a fine job as well. Far beyond my skills.


My Beech K31 may have been cleaned up too, but I think it has the original finish. Who could not love Swiss Rifles??
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Same K31 without all the accessories:
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Very nice! How long did you have to steam the dings before they popped back out?
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Very nice! How long did you have to steam the dings before they popped back out?
You do it you look. Wet the towel do it again, look...like that. Wet towel don't let it get dry you have to see steam, then look some more. Maybe you burn towel little but keep it wet. If you don't see lots of steam it at steaming right?!

Hey Bobby...384xxx is what year?
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Hey Bobby...384xxx is what year?
I have no idea, sorry.
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That is a great looking restoration job. If I attempted something like that it wouldn't look nearly as nice.
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You do it you look. Wet the towel do it again, look...like that. Wet towel don't let it get dry you have to see steam, then look some more. Maybe you burn towel little but keep it wet. If you don't see lots of steam it at steaming right?!
We haven't used wet towels for years.
For Beech Stocks:
The original is Shellaq. Use alcohol to remove the old Shellaq
Do not immerse the stock or get the interior wood overly wet.
Rub Scrub stock hard and quickly with warm soapy water and a scrub brush.
Rub dry immediately with a Terry towel and let stand overnight.
Use the directional steamer to raise the dents..
Apply new coats of clear Shellaq. Some Shellaqs have a yellow or red tinge. That's ok.
The steamer we use is an electric directional steamer with nozzles from 1/8" to 1/2" diameter. Far more effective than the wet towel method.
On this link......... 4th one down on the left. https://www.bing.com/images/search?q...er&FORM=RESTAB

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Directional steamers, I gotta look more into those. Great work you doing Latigo.
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Here is the result of my amateur attempt to refinish a K31 beech stock. I tried to to follow your instructions as close as possible, with my limited wood working skills. Cleaning with alcohol, scrubbing with soap water, some steaming (but most of the dings did not come out). I also used just a bit of wood bleach.
I did not really sand the stock, other than between coats with 400-500 grit.
I don't know how I can do better unless I start sanding more. I did have a small crack at the rear of the stock which I filled with wood glue. Thx for the good advice.




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Wet towel and an iron works well too. I add a bid od red RIT dye for color.
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Red Dog, for that stock, you actually did a good job.
That foregrip crack can be easily repaired and tightened with the Dowel method.

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Red Dog, for that stock, you actually did a good job.
That foregrip crack can be easily repaired and tightened with the Dowel method.

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Latigo, thanks for the praise. Tried to take your advice and avoid sanding.
The crack in the front did not go all the way thru. I pushed as much wood glue in as I could, same in the butt stock. I think it's stabilized now.
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10 years ago I refinished a matching 1945 date K31 with a Beech stock that turned out as nice as the OP's. I had intended to make an eccentric long range shooter out of this rifle. I free floated the barrel by relieving the fore-arm material, I also added a swivel stud (backed up with a steel bolster) to the fore-arm for mounting a bipod. I had intended to have the "Rock Solid" scope base mounted, but balked at the expense. I also ran across an un-numbered replacement magazine (Looks as nice as the matching original) at a show back then.

I have lost my desire to start reloading this caliber in the meantime. Could a K31 Lover here guide me along with a reasonable value for this rifle and spare mag ??? I'm on the verge of finding it a new home.

Thanks for any kind input !
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Old 12-04-2017, 7:56 AM
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Calibrator, the SP Clamp On Scope Mount shoots 5/8" to the right of dead center. If it's left at that setting, it will shoot 5/8" of dead center at 1,000 yards. Anyone who can tell the difference at 300 to 1,000 is a much better shot than I am, Gunga Dihn. LOL

This is a typical and repeatable group for Latigo's scoped k31 at 100 yards. Might have been 150......... can't remember, Anyway,
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Thanks for your input Latigo.

Could you propose a current value for my refinished K31 and extra magazine as I mentioned in my previous post.

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The extra original issue magazine itself is worth an easy $50.oo
The rifles are up again, and refinished to a "new" appearance are worth $250 to the purist, and assuming the barrel has sharp lands/grooves......... probably around $500.oo+ to the reasonable and typical k31 shooter/buyer.
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