I picked up this Type 53 this week for less than $80 as the furniture is damaged on it.
The upper hand guard had a crack, which was all intact, just needed re-glued.
The stock looks to have taken a beating over the years as a drill rifle, but the barrel and receiver are actually in great shape.
The area with the gouging in the I was thinking about doing a dutchman/filler if I can get the spanner nut off.
There's a lot of machining marks on the barrel under the hand guard, so not really worth turning into a sporter.
I'm mostly looking to clean up the stock, but leave some of the wear and re-finish it. I need to get the cosmoline soaked out of the stock. I've read that I can use whiting for this, which I have on hand. Just wondering how it will affect any finishing?