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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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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.
[IMG=left]http://www.hunt101.com/img/195905.JPG[/IMG]
 

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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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RE:Birch

One of my Birch offerings...........5.8 mil North store Greek S.A.

[IMG=left]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v436/benihonjin/55-1.jpg[/IMG]
 
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