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Fred's Big Red M14
« on: September 05, 2015, 06:45:37 PM »
Well I have finally started my M14 build.

So of course I call up Fred and sends me over a very nice birch wood big red stock. I couldn't be happer. It looks dam near perfect condition. So any ways being old it got bit of roughness to the finsh think of 400 grip sand paper so I hit it with some 1200 grit then some tung oil silky smooth now. just got done applying the second coat. One more to go.
But here what it looks now.
Thank you Fred for picking out a great stock

« Last Edit: September 05, 2015, 06:58:32 PM by viperrt1 »
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Re: Fred's Big Red M14
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2015, 10:33:07 PM »
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Re: Fred's Big Red M14
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2015, 12:32:48 AM »
Hideous.

So much so that you have to be absolutely ashamed to own it.

PM me for an address to send it to, in order to save you from the shame.  ;) ;D
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Re: Fred's Big Red M14
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2015, 12:11:21 PM »
Thank you.

The tung oil lot more forgiving to newbies then other oils, stains, or finishes I have used in the past.
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Re: Fred's Big Red M14
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2015, 02:47:52 PM »

     Glad you liked the stock.

     A factory-fresh "Big Red" is noticeably rougher in finish than almost any other GI stock - altho I've seen samples where someone in the mil polished them to a very smooth, high-shine sheen...

     They're the toughest/strongest wood GI stock you can find.

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Re: Fred's Big Red M14
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2015, 11:40:32 PM »
That is nice!  O0
Mine had op rod dings from other M14's and all sorts of scratches and assorted holes. But I like it that way!
It looked like it had been thru a war. Hey wait.... ;)
I finished mine nearly similar to yours, buffing with 0000 steel wool between the 6 coats of Tung.
There is a pic of it on our latest AAR for the NRA WC.
The thing is huge and stable. Still holds 2 MOA and is NOT bedded! That might be a later project.
The rifle is a Ted Brown build and originally came with a McMillian stock that weighed a ton!
I put on the Big Red Birch and it shot with nearly the same accuracy. It is now vastly handier in the field.

I am looking for another Big Red Birch in a show stopping Tiger Stripe. ;) The Ted Brown M1A really deserves that!
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Re: Fred's Big Red M14
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2015, 11:48:20 PM »
That is nice!  O0
Mine had op rod dings from other M14's and all sorts of scratches and assorted holes. But I like it that way!
It looked like it had been thru a war. Hey wait.... ;)
I finished mine nearly similar to yours, buffing with 0000 steel wool between the 6 coats of Tung.
There is a pic of it on our latest AAR for the NRA WC.
The thing is huge and stable. Still holds 2 MOA and is NOT bedded! That might be a later project.
The rifle is a Ted Brown build and originally came with a McMillian stock that weighed a ton!
I put on the Big Red Birch and it shot with nearly the same accuracy. It is now vastly handier in the field.

I am looking for another Big Red Birch in a show stopping Tiger Stripe. ;) The Ted Brown M1A really deserves that!

Nice looking bother of arms in that picture there. :)) I love seeing US rifles
6 coates pewww I'll be honest I see no difference from second to third coat.

Good to hear there some of the best. This is a CMP build. So while it won't see a war it will see compatition and few appleseeds.

Here teaser of what to come.


« Last Edit: September 10, 2015, 12:01:03 AM by viperrt1 »
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Re: Fred's Big Red M14
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2015, 11:51:31 PM »

     Glad you liked the stock.

     A factory-fresh "Big Red" is noticeably rougher in finish than almost any other GI stock - altho I've seen samples where someone in the mil polished them to a very smooth, high-shine sheen...

     They're the toughest/strongest wood GI stock you can find.

     Fred

In all reality it was good to go out of the box. I personally have a habit of polishing things.
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Re: Fred's Big Red M14
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2015, 12:40:10 AM »
My BR was actually "red" when I got it... but turned into a blonde. ;D
Mine also is based around an LRB as well!
Good luck on yours!
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Re: Fred's Big Red M14
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2015, 10:14:26 PM »
Here she is after 3 coats of pure tung oil. The red does glisten nicely.
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Re: Fred's Big Red M14
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2016, 09:23:35 PM »
Hello everyone I got update here is the new addition.


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