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    Which finish to use for old mauser stock

    I am ready to put a good strong finish on a mauser stock. Looking for opinions on which finish to use. I have steel whooled it with soapy water to get all the junk off. Bleached the stock to get as much of the black stains out. Now ready for a finish. Roger.
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    for a mauser, i like walnut stain and tru-oil. most would use boiled linseed oil
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    Will the tru-oil darken the wood on its own without the the stain. I prefer not to darken it with stain. Roger.
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    I used Minwax tung oil on my last one and it came out pretty good. Here's a comparison of some of the different finishes: http://sparetimeactivities.net/StockOils.htm
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    True oil does have a little amber color to it. Much like all the others. Maybe just a touch darker. I did a stock I made for a 91/30 Mosin out of Red Oak with nothing but True Oil. I will repost a pic when I get home.
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    There is only one stock finish and that is BLO, everything else is for wood floors or furniture! LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lalvis View Post
    True oil does have a little amber color to it. Much like all the others. Maybe just a touch darker. I did a stock I made for a 91/30 Mosin out of Red Oak with nothing but True Oil. I will repost a pic when I get home.
    I would like to see that pic.
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    BLO is my pick as well, I did see something interesting the other day, a guy who is an old gunsmith says use a toilet bowl wax ring to mimic the old military wood finish (a new one preferably). He heats up the wood for a second with a propane torch, then rubs the wax ring on the stock, one he coats the whole thing he goes back over the stock melting the wax and fills in all of the pores in the wood, then buffs it out with a old t-shirt. It came out nice, and he says one of those rings that cost like $5 will do hundreds of guns. I have a Enfield that I am working on, I might try it on that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkane View Post
    I used Minwax tung oil on my last one and it came out pretty good. Here's a comparison of some of the different finishes: http://sparetimeactivities.net/StockOils.htm
    Agree Minwax Tung oil is outstanding. It is a nice natural finish and it is tough.
    Not indestructible, but very tough and easy to refinish in the future.
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    Ok, I desided to go with the minwax tung oil. It was what i could get. Lind seed oil was not available at my local hardware store. Im on the second coat and still have some dry area's on the stock where the oil has really soaked in. Im guessing about 10 coats to get it where i want it. Thanks for all the advice. Roger.
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