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Old 12-16-2008, 05:53 PM
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I picked up a JC Higgins Model 103.228 (Marlin Model 80) awhile ago for 40 bucks, and put a air-gun scope on it. After zeroing the scope I shot this 7 round group at 25 yards, off of an improvised front rest and no rear rest.



The rifle was more accurate than I thought it would be for $40, so I recently free floated the barrell, and am planning on upgrading the scope next week. I should be picking up a front rest and possibly a rear rest also.

Moving on, the stock was in ok shape, with some scratches and dents here and there, so I have begun to sand the stock down. I'm wondering what to use to refinish the stock. I'm looking for a stain that will give the stock a reddish tint, and maybe a couple shades lighter than what it is now. I'm also planning on painting the tip of the stock black, or staining it a darker color than the rest of the stock. Here's a picture of before I started the changes.





Also, I was planning on adding sling studs, as I have a nice leather sling sitting around, and might do some offhand shooting as well as benchrest shooting.

The superstock bolt action challenges look like they'd be fun, and why not try with a $40 rifle!

Once I get more work done, I'll update the post. Bring on the suggestions for what to use to refinish the stock!
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:32 PM
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sir I like the sounds of it but the pics aren't showing.



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Old 12-16-2008, 06:39 PM
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Showed up okay for me. Pretty nice little rifle for $40.

Viper: Get you a decent shooting setup and pile into the Cheap Ammo Challenge with that little feller.

The wood is really nice and the bluing looks good too.

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Old 12-16-2008, 07:06 PM
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Cheap ammo challenge is the plan. The group pictured above was with CCI Blazer.

The improvised front rest was really unstable...I should be getting a nice front rest for Christmas, along with a Weaver scope.

Once I'm home this coming weekend, I'll get some pic's of the sanded stock. The woodgrain is much nicer than it looks with the old stain on it. I'm excited to get this project finished (even though I just started) so I can do the cheap ammo challenge.

I'll have to read up on how to measure groups
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Stain

Red Mahogany might work for you.
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Here's my JC Higgins mod.103-229 (Marlin mod.81) I bought and re- did in 1956.Just a kid but had to have something like the grown-ups.I inlayed the stock and added a nose cap with spacer.Took many squrrels with it as a youngster.I took the pencil scope off it last yr. and put a better scope on it and took it to the range.The thing will shoot 1" at 50 yds with junk ammo.Not bad for an oldie.
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Old 12-25-2008, 09:17 PM
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Got a new scope for christmas. Its a Weaver 3x28



Still gotta get rings though. annnnd finish sanding the stock.....annnnnd stain it.........and reassemble..........
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Update

So I finished sanding the stock. I went ahead and changed the bolt cutout on the stock, since it was previously off center to the bolt and bugged the crap out of me.

I'll be picking up sling studs, a sling, and possibly rings for my Weaver Classic 4x28 scope sometime tomorrow.

The only thing holding up finishing the project is I'm not sure what I want to do to finish the stock.

I might just put a clearcoat on it, but then again a reddish stain would look good too.

Check out the pic's and let me know what you'd do to finish the stock.







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Clear gloss Min-Wax wipe-on poly.....(if it were mine).....
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Check the photo of my 103-229 above.I used BLO as that was the thing back then.
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Finished Product

Here it is. All finished with a new scope and sling studs/sling.







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Old 02-20-2009, 12:26 PM
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Ammo to Test

Picked up some ammo to test out.







I've got two boxes of each, along with a Federal Bulkpack. I'll set up at 25 yards and see what she'll do with each type of ammo. I'll do 20 fouling shots when switching ammo before I record group sizes.
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Old 02-20-2009, 01:43 PM
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for some reason I'm able to see the pics today. nice looking rifle sir and I like what you've done with it.



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Danish oil it and then clear verathane looks great.

I used many thinned out coats of verathane, still needs a wet sanding and another thinned coat of verathane to finish it.
heres what i came out with to show off the grain marlin hid behind their crappy finishes.

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Viper22 that is turning into a very nice little rifle. Certainly can not argue with the price.
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