This gun, originally purchased as a non-functioning paper weight chambered for 308 Winchester has been an ongoing project.
Last year, I equipped it with new springs, and fixed the lever slop. It had no open sights so I outfitted it with a tall front bead and a marble flip-up rear sight. Sent it off to get rebored to 358 Winchester, and outfitted it with Weaver bases, and low profile quick release rings. I'm still waiting on the scope, but it's a 2-7 power Burris compact fullfield that only weighs about 12 oz.
The birch stock with impressed checkering was disgustingly ugly IMO. Never can stray too far away from a real piece of walnut. I ordered the Boyd's replacement set with the longer front forearm. It didn't fit the barreled action AT ALL. It took at least 6 hours of sanding and cutting to get it too fit. Can't say I would want to do that again. The pistol grip area and the front of the comb had no shape. It was very "clubby" and unsightly. I wrapped an old EVA foam fishing pole handle with sandpaper and began working some shape into the stock. After the tedious finish sanding with 400 grit paper, and a final buffing of the unfinished stock set with steel wool, I decided to go with a medium walnut gun stock stain. It ended being a bit darker than expected, but I'm ok with that I guess. I eventually hand rubbed four coats of an oil finish over the stock. I'm still debating if I should buff it to a matte finish, or keep the sheen? What I do like about the oil finish is that it has no bumps or imperfections like air bubbles. It's very thin stuff and after four coats, the grain still has texture through the wood.
Anyhow, I'm going to glass bed both pieces of wood with Brownell's Accraglass. After practicing my checkering pattern on the forearm and pistol grip area of the old stock, I'll give it a try on this walnut stock. I also ordered a grind-to-fit pacmyer recoil pad and some sling swivels.
Off to Hunt_AK for a bead blast/matte dura-coat black finish next month, and it'll finally be done.