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  1. Left it out in the sun yesterday and gave it a wipe with thinners every now and again. The forend has got darker, so I guess there’s still more crud to draw out yet.
  2. The previous owner of my house was a cheapskate and major league bodger. The plumbing under the sink comprises of about 30 joined up small push to fit connectors snaking their way about 4ft to the drainage. Huge hole in the lath and plaster ceiling of the airing cupboard (someone has fallen through the attic at some point I guess) was covered up with a sheet of hardboard and a splodge of bonding. One of the worst/most dangerous was his bathroom lighting circuit - he’d obviously swapped out for some halogen and unwired the previous lights, but for some reason ran new power spliced off the landing light. Everything in the picture below is live, including the splayed loose wires with the black sleeve which are permanent live. This is all right in front of the access hatch too, so about 3” away from where your hands would naturally go to hoik yourself up into the attic.
  3. I think at the rate it’s coming out i’ll get the gun weight down below 6.5lbs!!
  4. I think I’m a couple of weeks away from grain filling and wet and dry at the mo. Gave it a go tonight with a hot air gun on low setting / thinners rag to wipe and I couldn’t believe the amount of oil that was endlessly sweating out of it around the grip and action area, and forend. The colour is getting a bit more uniform but I can see it needs another couple of goes to pull out more of what’s left.
  5. Thanks for the replies. I thought I’d ballsed it up but it’s actually come out quite well now that it’s evaporated overnight. The checkering has turned out a treat. I will give it a going over with some heat to sweat out the remaining stubborn bits, and then a few more attempts with thinners as it’s still dark in places around where the metalwork joins the stock. I know it will be far away from exhibition wood but I like the idea of ending up with something I’ve finished myself, and I’m in no hurry so will take my time. I’ve read about rotten stone burnish and/or rubbing in sanded wood dust & stock oil as a slower way of grain filling - what are people’s opinions of this method?
  6. Oops. Jumped in head first and conflated the first couple of posts about bleach soak/thinners. Have I stuffed it completely, or should it evaporate off eventually? I only use the sxs a couple of times a year so can leave it a fair old while to dry out if need be.
  7. Yer ‘tis It’s not allowed in the house, but I’ve just fished it out hence it’s still wet. I guess I need to leave it a bit longer?
  8. I’ve had the wood soaking in thinners for a few days now, how long would you recommend I keep them in for?
  9. That’s brilliant, thanks!
  10. Thanks for all the replies - loads of very useful info. @chilly1981 it’s an AYA No.4 I’ll attempt to take the wood off the metal. Someone appears to have had a go using a screwdriver in the past but i’ll pick up some turnscrews to avoid damage. I’m ok to take the forend wood off as it looks fairly mechanically simple, but I am nervous about taking the action off the stock in case I mess something up. Is this fairly straightforward or is there anything I need to be wary of?
  11. I’ve decided to refurb my sxs woodwork, hopefully in time for Oct/Nov. I’ve got trade secrets alkanet/rapid oil kit on standby but I want to get everything as good as I can get it first. I’ve raised some dents and have stripped off loads of the old cack it was caked in with 0000 wire wool and surgical spirit, but there are still some dark patches. Can anyone recommend a way to improve these if it’s not possible to get rid of them completely?
  12. Hi all, I’m looking after a breech bolt suitable for Beretta AL1 AL2 301 302 303 304 390 AL-391 or Browning B80 This is my second or third wanted post as I’ve been looking for a long time for either this part, or a cheap gun I can strip for parts but haven’t had any luck. If anyone has a bolt knocking around I’m not bothered about condition as long as it is solid and has all the feet still attached. Thanks
  13. It’s been a fair old while since I used my 391 as my breech bolt is bust, but with say 2 out of 50 shots the cartridge hangs at a 30 degree angle and slightly to the right of the breech. My carrier lifter looks pretty flat by eye, but I’ve read it only has to be fractionally squiffy to cause problems. From memory the carrier lifter is riveted to the trigger group, so it is fairly straightforward to drill it out and swap for a new one?
  14. Here’s a few within 30mins or so from me. Postcodes don’t always work so hopefully the codes help. Mill farm shoot 99R5+54 Winford, Bristol Stockwood Vale CF7J+PP Keynsham, Bristol Bristol Clay Shooting JHRV+H5 Charfield, Wotton-under-Edge The Valley Clay Shoot FPMV+P8 West Kington Wick, Chippenham Meadowcroft Shoot 9G2G+P8 Farmborough, Bath Mendip Shooting Ground 6CJ3+VX Haydon, Wells http://www.brookbankshooting.co.uk/ Shops: https://www.avalon-guns.com/ http://www.newavon-arms.co.uk/ Braces shooting ground is on your map, but the shop isn’t: CCJP+F3 Bristol
  15. http://millfarmshoot.com/ in Dundry, south west of Bristol. Members scores are logged in a running table but it’s not a CPSA shoot.
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