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Smk Xs501

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Twebb88, Jun 4, 2020.

  1. Twebb88

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    So whilst waiting for my new end cap O-rings to arrive I decided to take off that horrible varnish on my SMK xs501. I think it looks much better just oiled! What do you think?
     

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    It certainly looks better than with the factory lacquer/varnish they use but i'm not sure that beech lends itself to being oil finished unlike walnut but perhaps after a few applications it will look even better.Danish Oil might be a better option for beech than the various oils people use on walnut and you could always stain it first if you wanted to darken or alter the colour before applying it.
     
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    Hi Patrick, I was thinking that, I was going to see if I could get a walnut stock made. It’s better than Thame factory finish so I’m happy.

    I also did the same to my SMK mid 12.
     

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    Looks good mate, decent little guns i used to gave one on hpa.
     
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    That does look better
     
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    I'n not well up on stock prices but having a stock made in walnut would probably cost about £300-£400 so unless you have some special reason for doing so then it would be economically viable on such a relatively inexpensive gun ,excellent though it may be.
     
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    Unfortunately today's world does not embrace the natural varience of wood, plus I guess many of the rifles at the lower/mid price point are not using the most attractive cuts of wood, so many mass producers just want a consistent product hence the coloured varnishes to get a uniform look.
     
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    I keep looking at the ugly varnish on my 501 and thinking I want to do exactly this.
    What did you use to strip it?
     
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    Hello Gary, I started with 80 grit paper then moved on to 140 grit, then 240 then 360 then 600. I didn’t use stripper as it’s a bit harsh. Good old elbow grease.
     
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    SMKs deserve attention.. :cool: CB4B81E9-CB8A-4212-9AEB-33AC1A4A2335.jpeg
     
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    Looks much better, I’m going to do one at some point.

    Probably put some dark oak stain on mine before oiling.
     
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    Thanks for the reply mate, I better dig my tin of elbow out then :)
     
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    Better that pal . I do like smk , snow peak rifles . Getting better all the time . Great value and brilliant for modding and tuning . I love my 78 , might hpa it in the future if i can find a way to do it neatly without having a bulbous bottle on the front .

    Ps . Did you have issues with the original end cap ? . I know some people have had issues with them .
     
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    I remember looking at them after i bought my xs78 when i got into co2 rifles but to be brutally honest that was the thing that put me off getting one . I like working on co2 rifles and have modded mine and a few mates xs78's . The 78 though has a much simpler design on its end cap , other than that it is a very similar rifle . I like the cr600 also but i think that is powered by just one capsule but has the magazine but the one capsule put me off that one . You should have an overall better rifle when the end cap does arrive . Incidently the pcp version of the cr600 is the pr900 , a cheap but capable multishot pcp rifle .
     

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