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Are there any differences in the stocks between an M44 and a Chinese type 53? I'm questioning more than just the fit and functionality - I mean in details. The reason being, I have a T53 with a thrashed stock. I'm considering replacing the stock, but still want to keep it as Chinese as I can.


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They used a different wood than the Birch or Beech that are found on the Warsaw Pac and Russian M44's

Other than that any post war stock would be right for it.


http://www.mosinnagant.net/global%20mos ... arbine.asp


The Chinese utilized a local wood that is known as CHU-wood. The CHU-wood was put to use as it was quite effective in standing up to so called "Jungle Rot." The wood was quite proficient in resisting moisture, so was a perfect choice for the environment of Asia. The finish of the Chinese stocks are similar to the M44 clones made in Romania and Hungary, which is a heavy varnish or shellac in most cases. There are some Type 53 stocks that have their serial numbers matched to the carbines, with these numbers appearing on the left side on the stock. Further there are some cases in which Chinese characters also cut into the stock. Some appear to be the work of the soldier but many are too uniform for this. These uniform stamps seem to have nationalist writing in every case. One such stamping that has been seen both on a Type 53 and a Chinese manufactured SKS loosely translates to: " I gladly give my life for Chairman Mao."


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Great article, thanks for the link. I wonder, after reading that, if this is already a replacement stock - it has absolutely no markings and according to the article, most T53's had excessive of proof marks. Looks like walnut to me, but the hand guard has 3 or 4 longitudinal splits (only the metal ends are holding it together) and the stock itself is just beat and splintered to death.


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