I went and picked my (2) T53s from my FFL this morning-- and while I expected them to be rough, I was suprised to find them in a near shhoting grade of quality!! They had minimal cosmoline, and the main issue besides the dinged up wood was a good helping of Chinese sand throughout. I spent a couple of hours working on the worst one outside today, and got the stock about 80% stripped and sanded, and the entire action-- receiver-- and all metal goodies (including bayo) cleaned up and gunk free. I am not sure if I will make a go at blueing them or not. They still have a good deal of their original blueing, and I have a friend that used to be a USMC shooting team armorer that has offered to hard chrome guns for a minimal (free, a case of beer, some bullets, etc-- whatever I want to give him), so I may take him up on whichever comes ot prettier. They are both missing their cleaning rods, but those can be had for a song-- I compared them to my Gander Mtn M44-- while it is cleaner and prettier, the actions on the Chinese rifles is butter-- I am going to get them both done up and then get the headspce checked. I really bought these more as a progect, so @ $35 a piece, I am already happy!! and one with the required foot capture--- I will post more when complete.