There was some checking in the wood, plenty of rust, and a slight warp in the stock. The easiest thing would have been to strip everything down, straighten the stock, and re-finish... BUT, There is something to be said for preserving the years of use and the battle scars. After talking to the owner I got to work.
2 screws removed the barrel/receiver assembly from the stock, were the stock was straightened and splits repaired. After that the stock was cleaned and given a gentle re-finishing. For a finish, I used a mixture of turpentine, boiled linseed oil, and apple cider vinegar.
Barrel was cleaned, treated, and re-blued.
Everything re-attached, and scope was sighted in.
BEFORE pictures are on the left, AFTER pictures are on the right. Click on the pictures to enlarge.
What do these have to do with each other, you may ask? A quality grilled steak and a cleanly refurbished rifle are tributes to an attention to detail, quality workmanship, and quality raw material. It is easy to get caught up in high priced steak houses and brand new rifles, but recovering a loved firearm or grilling a steak on your own equipment does give you a lot of pride and does, genuinely, add to the enjoyment of the experience over all.