Thanks, Andrew! Nice looking rifles in the pic! If I found one like one of those, I'd probably buy it just because. Just a passing question - you can still possess an SKS in the PRK?
I'm with you on the "wish I had". I got my rifle back when every gun show had stacks of Russian SKS's on tables, three and four deep, for $100 each OTD. I looked at several and settled on mine because it's a mid/late-50's Tula, all metal parts matching and not EP'd. After the flood I stripped the ruined finish and started trying to replicate the original look, hence the amber shellac. If I'd known then what I know now about store-bought shellac, I would have bought some flakes and mixed my own. Be that as it may, I'm very pleased with the outcome, and I appreciate the kind words! The finish seems to have matured over the past few months and it is nice and solid now.
But now, as you mentioned, a Russian SKS in good shape is going $500-$700 every day of the week. One superb all-matching 49 Tula example sold on Gunbroker for $2500! Man, if I'd had ESP I would have ransacked my savings and bought several of these just as investments. Same with SVT-40's.
Thanks for the info on how the Russians initially finished these. The pine tar/amber shellac method sounds very plausible given the mottled appearance of so many of the Russian rifles - Mosin-Nagants very often have that same look, although my 91/30 and M38 laminates are re-arsenaled and have a clear finish.
Right now, with the Mississippi within about 5" of the levee top here in Baton Rouge, I'm just praying that I don't have to go through the flood scenario again. However, I live well east of the MS, almost into Livingston Parish, and the MS flood plain is out to the west into the Atchafalaya Basin, so even if it were to overtop the levees, it would flood to the west and not in my direction.
Pleasure chatting with you, Andrew.
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