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    Posted: October 16 2020 at 1:00pm
So for the first time ever I took the stock out of my Ishapore 2A1 to look at the wood around the receiver. And realized I can look at but not seeing. So, how does it look like?
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It looks pretty bad - no - it look worse than that.

The wood looks to be rotten, soked in oil and falling apart.
I suppose if you were inside a barn you may be able to hit one of the walls.

The draws look totally 'shot'.

This is a No4 forend but shows what the draws and the front trigger guard bush should look like.
Clean, dry and with sharp 'edges'



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Fairly typical of Indian wood I'm afraid.
One of the reasons I avoid Indian Enfields with a passion.
You can, depending on your intent & budget, replace it.
BUT if you're looking at collectability you might try de-oiling & stabilizing it.
If its actually rotted theres not much you can do other than fining better Indian wood & replacing it, including fitting the new wood to the action.
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spray the wood with oven cleaner leave for 15-20 minutes and wash off with water and scrub it get an old tooth brush and get into the hard to get to places that will get the old oil out of the wood .
You could fit a set of copper plates or bed the action or cut out the old wood and start again
That forend is fixable and to me  it is not a big job a lot cheaper then getting another forend and having the same problem
You have to remember that these rifles are not new and do where out 
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If the wood has softened due to aged oil contamination.
You could do the following:
1. de-oil the existing wood using acetone / citrus oil cleaner. (likely need repeated goes to get is done).
2. drill some very small holes into the wood area.
3. soak the cleaned areas using a thinned down epoxy resin (such as Acraglas)
4. make sure the resin penetrates into the holes previously drilled.
5. allow to cure and repeat process to ensure the wood is fully saturated with resin.
6. once fully cured sand to remove any excess resin & surface wood fibres.
The treated area should now have a density and strength approx 70  times that of the wood.
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