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Posted by ken on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, at 11:19 p.m., in response to Re: stocks, posted by Dick Foster on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, at 10:04 p.m.
Walnut oil, at your local grocery store.
I'm am not a stock expert by any stretch of the imagination, but that's what has worked for me with old stocks. It's a slow process, but what you get is a finish, that to me at least, looks like a very old, but well kept stock "should" look like.
I picked up my Trapdoor rifle for a very low/reasonable price...because some previous owner had re-finished it, and it was very poorly done. It had been varnished without removing any of the metal. !! It was a mess, varnish on the butt plate, band springs, in the band-spring recesses, on the lock plate, wow. Anyhow, I re-did it again, using the method previously posted, gently cleaned up the metal, and now it's very nice....there was fantastic wood, in fantastic condition, underneath the mess. My wood was also especially dry, it took a LOT of coats...it really took a while.
A previously poorly re-finished rifle was perfect for me, I wanted a '73 Springfield rifle to hunt with, not collect(but certainly to appreciate)...and now it looks, to me, just like an old well taken care of Springfield rifle should. Win-win! And, in the future, any good collector can take a look at it and tell it's been sanded and refinished, so it's in no way, or could be passed off as a "fake".
And...she shoots as good as she now looks!
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