27s stock finish?

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27s stock finish?

Post by Bbarcroft » Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:02 pm

Hi all. I just purchased a little Model 27s in .25-20. It's nothing special. I just thought it would make a cool little shooter and give me a new cartridge to tinker with at the loading bench.

That being said, the stock and forearm have been refinished and are very glossy. Just doesn't look right. Can anyone tell me how Marlin finished the wood on these, or how I can go about making it look a bit more original?

I'll attach a few pics, so you can see what I'm dealing with.

Thanks folks.

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Re: 27s stock finish?

Post by Road King » Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:03 pm

If you go to page 662 and 663 in Brophy's book it will explain how Marlin finished their early stocks on all guns.
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Re: 27s stock finish?

Post by marlinman93 » Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:29 am

Already answered question on another forum. Guess my answer wasn't correct?
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Re: 27s stock finish?

Post by Road King » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:20 pm

marlinman93 wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:29 am
Already answered question on another forum. Guess my answer wasn't correct?
Marlinman93....is this the thread you were talking about? Sounds about right.

Sat Jan 28, 2006 8:09 pm

Original finish was actually varnish, which was dipped, and then hand rubbed after drying, with water soaked pumice. Linseed oil was rubbed into the varnish dipped stocks after the original dip and drying was complete. The varnish speeded up the process, rather than doing the whole process with hand rubbed oil. Marlin did use tinted varnish, to get the slightly reddish hues to early stocks, but later stocks after WWI don't seem to have this reddish color.
A very nice similar effect can be achieved using Permalyn Sealer, which Brownells carries. It is extremely thin, so it takes many coats to build up to the original type finish, but the nice part is it wont go too shiny, and then need to be scuffed off later. It usually takes about 12-16 coats wet sanded into a raw stock. The last couple coats can be pumice rubbed, just like the originals were, if you want a higher gloss. You can also wax and buff it once it's set, if you want to bring the shine up a bit more.
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Re: 27s stock finish?

Post by marlinman93 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:58 am

No, it was just a day or so ago on another forum.
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