This is my Belgian FN Mauser 98 Sporter Deluxe in 30-06, gifted to me by my grandfather, partially in exchange for picking the lock to his safe that held it (along with 8 other rifles) which he had lost the keys to. It’s a relatively early serial# (3XXX) for the Deluxe Sporter and I’ve narrowed its manufacturing date to somewhere between 1950-1955, based off the markings on the receiver. It had obvious signs of wear and the stock was poorly waxed/finish had worn and had some pretty noticeable nicks and scratches. This was my first project on a gun, and I spent quite the number of hours and layers of skin cleaning all the parts as this gun had sat uncleaned for a while. Then spent many more hours on polishing the bolt assembly and the most on refinishing the stock. I went with a Minwax Dark Walnut oil based stain and polyurethane semi-gloss varnish. It is still not finished, as you can see from the taped up portions, it still needs a couple more clear coats/steel wool runs before it’ll be finished. I plan to reblue some of the parts like the floorplate, trigger guard, and trigger as they have some rust on them. Just wanted to put it out there because I was proud of it. I had a picatinny rail from EGW mounted by my local gunsmith and threw on a Vortex Crossfire II 2-7x32. My intent with this gun was to restore it, use it, and keep it for as long as possible; pass it on to my next generation. I’m not worried about devaluing. Let me know what you think of it.