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Cadet Major stock refurb

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by Pete236, Dec 27, 2017.

  1. Pete236

    Pete236 Big Poster

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    Evening all.

    My little Cadet Major refurb job is plodding along nicely. Replacement piston is on its way, as is a perma-blue kit. Rust has been dug out of the deep pits in the action, a light polish to shift stains and rust but not the patina has been done.

    So onto the stock...
    Whatever the last bloke put on the stock is a right b****r to remove. Paint stripper didn't touch it, wet n dry just clogs, paint thinners seemed to help a little but not much...
    Anyway, it's off. I've steamed the dings, almost ready to go.

    Now got to decide on the look of the thing...

    What finish and colour should it have had from new?
    Oiled or varnished?
    Stained or natural?
    Gloss or matte?
     
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    mikeyhall1 2018 & 2019 Forum Nice Guy

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    What was the original finish Pete? I would go for that...
     
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    It was a glossy varnish, full of runs and air bubbles. Definitely not original, I suspect it was done by the same oik who welded up the piston and gummed up the rear sight.
     
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    Cheers Gareth.
    I've seen photos of light stocks and dark stocks and I'm just not sure what looks best.. all my other stocks are stained dark then rubbed to bring the grain out. But I'm tempted to leave this one lighter..

    I used to be indecisive but I'm not so sure..
     
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    I’ve got roughly 4 Cadets and 4 or 5 C.Majors plus a few spare stocks and if I got them all out I bet no two match precisely. Colour wise I think I’d just go with whatever you personally prefer Pete,it’s not like they are rare so as long as it’s refinished to a nice standard I say go for it and just enjoy it
     
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    Thanks John and Phil.
    In the end I've gone for Danish Oil, but will go for a soft shine not full gloss.
    And it's just basic plain old wood. No stain or colour. Its had a good rub down, but it's by no means perfect. Plenty of small knocks and marks still there. Can't wait till the morning when the blue has cured and the 1st two coats of oil have soaked in.
    Now to sort out the butchered trigger guard and wait for the piston to turn up...
     
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    Bleach the stock first to give a nice blank canvas walnut stain is quite light shooting at dawn (aka Neil)has a great video on YouTube doing his 80
     
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    What's wrong with the trigger guard then?

    Sorry I'm nosey. :D
     
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    Haha no worries Gareth.
    The front screw which goes through the stock and into the guard was missing. Someone has drilled out the threaded hole and made a right old mess of doing it. So I will weld up the hole and dress it all off. Re-drill and tap the hole (3/16"BSF) then clean it all up and re-blue.
     
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    You mean the hole I've pointed the red arrow at with the circle around it?

    View attachment 172090

    Just checked; I've got a Cadet/Cadet Major trigger guard which you can have FOC if you want it?
    Not perfect, little rusty and has been ground a little at the front but the threads in the hole are still intact AFAIK.
    It's the one in this picture below...
    View attachment 172095
     
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    Nice refurb I can see but the stock would be spray varnished if it was my gun with a dark varnish ,no way will you darken it as its beech and very hard to get stain in to the grain. Just interested to find out just what an original major will cost to purchase . Asking this just before I post it for sale section Then I can make up my mind what to ask for a good collectable in unmolested condition = BSA Cadet Major.
     

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