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Advice 1938 Heanel Mod 1 DRP stock

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by goatboy, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. goatboy

    goatboy Engaging Member

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    Good Morning Comrades in air arms, I Have started fixing up an old Heanel Mod 1 which i picked up a while back, and i have to say it is a very solid and well built little air rifle. However being as old as it is everything has dried up on it, and that includes the stock which is covered in very tiny shallow hair line cracks. Fixing the piston seal was easy and replacing the breach seal wasn't a problem, but now i've wire wooled all the cr@p off the walnut stock i was wondering if anyone could suggest anything to close the hairline cracks before i treat it with Danish oil. The nastier cracks are on the end of the grain on the butt which may need more than some fresh oil, which i was hoping would sort out some of the smaller ones.

    On the bright side none of the cracks are structural and 95 % of the dings are now removed, Thanks for reading and hope you are all enjoying the Easter break. ATB
     
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    hi nigel one of my stocks on a 35 had some fine cracks I used Bio Oil dont laugh,It was recommended by a salesman when we bought a new oak table which was madeup of different oak boards some which had fine grain cracks I use it every couple of months rub down with 0000 wire wool then rub down the grain with bio oil it says on the bottle for stretch marks and crows feet around the eyes if it does it for women it might work on a beautiful stock.dave( he who has beautiful skin)
     
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    If it was me I would wet with Danish or True Oil. Very wet. And sand gently in small circles with about 200 grit until you have worked up a sludge.
    Then just leave it for 48 hours and sand lightly with the grain. Do this whole process two or three times and I think the dried sludge will fill the grain and any small cracks.
    good luck.

    An after thought. I have recently refurbed an old BSA cadet. The stock was dinked all over and looked dog rough, no scratches though. So I tried something I had read. I dunked the stock in hot clean water for about fifteen minutes. Magic, nearly all the dinks came out! I usually iron the dinks out but this way worked great.
     
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    Sounds good about the bio oil, i could also use it instead of my usual Dove with moisteriser when i'm not fixing up old stocks. i also have a Meteor and Mercury stock that have so many little dinks over them, they would greatly benefit from emersing in hot water. Thanks Dave and Dunks for some good suggestions, my last blog entry shows what i did in the end (didn't fix it completely, but certainly made an improvement).. That idea with the bio oil reminded me about trying some of the bio bike oils in Halfords on leather piston and breech seals, if it works without dieseling then i'll start a thread, if it doesn't then i'll just get some neatsfoot oil. atb
     

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