Yea it does make the wood grain come to top and pop just right, ill 00000 steel wool it and give it some polish to take a little the shine off but not all i like a little gleam looks good at the range. should be a crowd drawerat the range i go to. lotta mil surp lovers there. They all know this rifle so im anxiuos to show up with it and see how it groups now that ive bedded barrel and action and changed a few parts. 70 plus yrs of grime in some parts of that rifle lotta rubbing lol. Couple more days of polishing and few more coats on wood ill have her done and pics up i been working on it 6 hours a day at least. thanx man good meeting ya.