Just thought I'd share some pics of the mauser I just finished working on. I picked it up cheap, and the stock was very grungy and oily, but unharmed. All the steel was clean except for some minor surface rust and missing cleaning rod, front sight guard and set screws in the trigger assy. I stripped all the years of old finish off the stock and cleaned it several times to remove oil. The foregrip piece was loaded with cosmoline(sp). I left it in front of the heater for a few hours and it most of it seeped out. The stain is three coats of minwax bombay mahogany covered with 5 coats of minwax satin poly. The steel parts excluding the bolt assy are painted with 1200* bbq acrylic, then scuffed with a scotch brite pad to achieve the 'battleworn' look I was hoping for. Then cured in the oven to set the final finish. I still need to touch up a few things and hand paint all the emblems and serial#'s with a fine brush. Then get a cleaning rod, bayonet.. anyway, here it is. Hope you all enjoy, its my first resto/build. I have a few more I'd like to do before I try building an AK.