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Common Springbuck

Springbuck / Springbok

The Springbuck is brown and white antelope-gazelle found in the South Western parts of Africa. Before the 1994 democratic elections in South Africa it was one of their national emblems. The South African rugby team still uses it as part of their emblem and are still recognised all over the world as the Springboks. The marsupialis epiphet derives its name from the pocket like skin flap that runs along the middle of its back from the tail onwards. Male animals trying to show their strength or to attract mates will go on a stiff-legged trot, while jumping in the air with and arched back and lifting the flap along its back. This ritual is known as stotting or pronking in the Afrikaans language.

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How To : Remove the Old Finish 

After many years of good service your trusty rifle often looks worst for wear. It is however not necessary to discard the old rifle stock.  Follow along as we provide you with all the information to refinish your most prized possession.

Before starting to redo the finish we have to prepare the gunstock.  Preparing the gunstock is one of the most important steps in refinishing it.

The first step in this preparation process is to remove the old finish.  This can range from an oil finish to a lacquer finish.

The trick is to remove the entire old finish without damaging or removing to much of the wood.

Materials Required

Paint Stripper (Available at your local Hardware store)

Rubber Gloves

Paint Scraper

Hard Nylon Brush

Mr Muscle / ZEB Oven Cleaner

Warm Soapy Water


Apply the paint stripper as per the manufacturer’s instructions.  Be sure to where the rubber gloves at all times while working with the pain stripper as the chemicals may be harmful to your skin.

Allow the old paint to sufficiently bubble up and loosen.  Once the paint has sufficiently loosened use the paint scraper to remove the softened old finish.  Re-apply the paint stripper until the old finish has been completely removed.

Some gunstocks may have an oil finish.  The paint stripper will not sufficiently remove this finish.  To remove the old finish, apply the Mr Muscle / ZEB oven cleaner as per the manufacturer’s instructions.  If it is not possible to obtain one of these to degreasers use any other suitable degreaser.

After the allow degreasing time use the hard nylon brush to thoroughly brush down the gunstock to remove all the grease and oil residue.

To complete the process wash and scrub the gunstock with the warm soap water and leave to dry for 1 to 2 days.

Once the stock is completely dry it should have a lighter colour than before the process of removing the finish started.