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    Rescue Squirrel Shooter

    Never had a Marlin .22 bolt action before and when I saw this abused specimen of a Model 81 DL, it tugged at my heart.

    This rifle carries a Simpson's import stamp and a hand stamped serial number from Europe. It appears to have Microgroove rifling and the bore is bright & shiny. Missing parts are the front and rear sights. Whatever became of the stock rear peep is anyone's guess. Some handy person installed a left offset 3/8'' scope mount, sans scope.

    The stock looks to be birch wood. In the interest of increased accuracy, a Bubba, made an ill attempt at free floating the 22'' barrel. Now the stock, barrel and receiver teeter totters at the takedown screw post. I'll probably try re-bedding the stock as opposed to trying to sniff out a replacement.

    Up to now I've managed to clean up the metal parts and managed to scrape off the majority of the old finish with a pocket knife. After wetting the stock to open up the wood pores, the residual finish was buzzed off with a D/A sander. Next comes an aniline dye treatment.
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    That ugly duckling probably doesn't know that it is in process of becoming a swan! I'm looking forward to seeing more of the transition!
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    Lomax this thread has given me the nudge to repair and refinish a single shot bolt action .22 I have, it was my uncles rifle, he died in Germany in 1945.

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    Nicely done! I look forward to seeing this process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oso View Post
    Lomax this thread has given me the nudge to repair and refinish a single shot bolt action .22 I have, it was my uncles rifle, he died in Germany in 1945.
    May God bless him and the memory that his rifle brings. Show us some before and after pics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oso View Post
    Lomax this thread has given me the nudge to repair and refinish a single shot bolt action .22 I have, it was my uncles rifle, he died in Germany in 1945.
    I had to do a number similar to the stock on a Remington 514 single shot. The owner didn't recognize it when I gave it back. One thing I'll say for that little gun, it was unbelievably accurate shooting Blazers.

    Just take your time and enjoy your uncle's squirrel gun.
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    With the stock finish removed, it looks like mildly spalted birch. Sanded smooth, the surface looks near white and relatively featureless. Splash a little water on it and things changed a bit. If I were to give it a clear finish, the wood will take on the same light golden hue.

    I'll probably give it a reddening with aniline dye. Don't know why, but I like red guns.
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    I gave the stock two good wettings of red aniline dye & water. Not quite dark enough yet.

    The grain structure revealed is striking. Coloring changes when viewed at different angles.

    Still haven't located metallic sights or a decent enough scope to mount.
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    Made up a fresh batch of dye, darkening it a bit with negrosine to deepen the darker features, adding some orange tartazane to draw out patina hidden in the lighter shades. I think I'll stare at it for a day or so while it dries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Czechbikr View Post
    May God bless him and the memory that his rifle brings. Show us some before and after pics!


    I will take some pics and then start my own thread, the rifle is a Mossberg model 34 made for 1 year in 1934-1935. After my father died I found the rifle without the bolt, then found the bolt in another location. That model was a target model that had a rear adjustable peep sight which as of now is not on the rifle, hopefully I have it, I will have to go through all of my gun parts (which is a lot) I just can't remember if I found the sight at my fathers house or not. If not that will be be like finding a needle in a haystack.

 

 
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