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Old December 15, 2008, 01:15 PM   #1
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Finish on C&R rifles

I don't know how to ask this without sounding completely new, but here goes - I've bought several milsurp rifles (91/30, M38, M95, K31) and the wood on those was in good shape. There were a few dings and dents, and places where the finish was worn off, but they were all basically brown. However, at a recent gun show I saw several Enfields, 24/47s, and other Mausers (mostly Turkish) that were almost black. I don't think it's the original finish, because I've seen others that were dirty and covered in cosmoline, but not that dark. I know it would be hard to be specific without seeing the rifles, but can anybody suggest what made them so dark?

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