West side Utah Lake
I purchased a T53 a during the summer which is essentially the chicom version of the M44 Mosin Nagant carbine. The stock isn't in great shape and will require some refinishing, the metal isn't in great shape either but no pitting that I am seeing but I haven't removed the wood and looked underneath. My question is this, since I am not interested in keeping it as is (I am a purist but to an extent) what type of finish would you put on the metal. I am thinking parkerizing or something similar but really have no experience other than standard hot bluing. I want something that will not shine and will last and put up with some abuse if it comes to that. Not quite sure what I will do with the wood, if the gouges come out ok and the wood looks halfway decent under the gunk I will refinish it. If it still looks like crap I may decide to break down and go with an Archangel stock and 10 round detachable mag. What would you do to the metal?