I know that to some it is sacrilege to refinish any military rifle. However on this project the original stock is cracked at the tang and the replacement I aquired had already been the victim of a "bubba" refinish job. I kept the original stock and set it back for a future repair project. The replacement stock was stripped, lightly sanded, stained, and varnished. I went for a modern take on the original red shellac finish. The original stock. The refinished replacement. I was careful to leave any markings that were present.