April 15, 2005
In my opinion, it would be a waste of time, effort, and $$$ to have the stocks on your Model 1894 recheckered and refinished. The butt stock is already undersized at its fit to the receiver frame, and it would need to be completely stripped of its current finish (most likely further reducing its size), and then recut & checkered before refinishing it again. In the end, you will have a stock that looks out of place as compared to the rest of the rifle. Frankly, you would be much better off leaving it just as it is.
WACA 6571L, Historian & Board of Director Member
March 31, 2009
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November 7, 2015
If you’re dead set on new checkering I’d recommend new wood. “Original” is no longer possible so if you are willing to pay for a good checkering job you might as well find some nice, un-sanded wood to make it look as good as possible. Your gun, your money, your call. Many collectors today will pay more for pristine replacement stocks than worn originals but many traditional collectors prefer the honesty of a worn part.