Early Sako birch stock finish?

Discussion in 'Tips and Tricks for gunsmithing your own Sako' started by robinpeck, Oct 28, 2018.

  1. robinpeck

    robinpeck Well-Known Member

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    I have a few very early L46/L461 Sako sporters with stocks of relatively light-colored birch or beech. They do not need complete refinishing but could do with some touch-up. I have plenty of experience with walnut but not so much with birch and beech. I have re-stained (dyed) and re-finished a few Finnish military Mosin-Nagant beech stocks and I know how hard this is to do. Does anyone have experience with finishing the Sako hardwood sporter stocks? Does anyone know what the original Sako factory finish was?...some variation on pine tar and varnish? Similar to the Finnish Mosin-Nagant?


    I have read the following:

    https://sakocollectors.com/forum/threads/type-of-birch-used-in-early-sako-stocks.10290/

    https://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?285344-Arctic-Birch-stocks-quot-speak-of-Finland-quot
     
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    robinpeck Well-Known Member

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    Okay...no replies.

    ....so let me try another question. What do you think the early light colored (although often disguised to look like walnut with a heavy dye or stain) wood used in the early Sako stocks actually is...? It does not look like Beech which is a common replacement for walnut in Scandinavian military stocks. I am familiar with that wood from my long ago days collecting Swedish Mausers. It has a very distinct grain pattern entirely lacking in the early Sako stocks. I am assuming, given the Finnish manufacturing location that the early Sako stock wood is Birch (I see that Silver Birch has been called "the national tree species of Finland". ) That said, it may be something else and I know that many later Sako walnut stocks are very light colored, some almost as blonde as birch.
     
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  3. P04R

    P04R Well-Known Member

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    Early L46 stocks were stained silver birch. More precisely the silver birch variation that grows with the wavy grain pattern in the wood. I can't find clear translation for this "flame birch". The wood was changed to walnut because of the "market demand" (just one bad review) in the USA.
     

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