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    Stock treatment

    I am doing my first complete strip of all my rifles for cleaning, respringing, oiling, and greasing.

    I know nothing when it comes to wood treatment, and get a headache from all the info provided here trying to figure out what to do!



    I'd like to clean and preserve my stocks. I've been told to clean with denatured alcohol and apply some Raw linseed oilicon (I know opinions between RLO and BLOicon differ). Is this right for my stocks?

    Any advice would be much appreciated








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    Yes, RLO or BLOicon will be what you want to use. NOT that bottle of Bubba Goo you have!!!
    Rub it on let soak in for a hour rub off let dry 24hrs repeat til the stock will take no more. Enjoy!!

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    As mentioned above, you will have a built up mess with Tru-Oil. The 50/50 mix of BLOicon/Turpentine makes a good cleaner as well as a good treatment. Give the stock a heavy treatment of the 50/50, let it set about 30 minutes, and then rub it all back off with an old towel. Then smooth out what little remains. Should be dry in 24 hours, and all the turpentine smell will be gone.

    Some people like glossy mirror smooth finishes, but the old military finish left the grain pores showing.

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    Too, if you search, you'll find whole threads on this exact subject.
    Regards, Jim

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    Thanks to Johnny Peppers-- I tried the 50/50 treatment on a Carcano stock. It took off a lot of grime and left the stock a nice color that shows off the beech grain. Salt Flat

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    "Some people like glossy mirror smooth finishes, but the old military finish left the grain pores showing. "

    NOT where I came from! Boots & rifle never `left the grain pores showing´.

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    Where are you from? All the stocks I saw were U.S. Here is an example of an original 1903 Springfield stock, and no built up glossy finish.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Peppers View Post
    Where are you from?
    He's Germanicon Johnny...
    Regards, Jim

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    German original finish K98kicon, byf44, and no built up glossy finish.


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    No, the Germans did not "bull" anything in WWI or WWII (not boots, leather or rifle furniture). In contrast, Enfields that had seen long usage are, apart from the usual "dings", worn smooth. And I do not mean with a build up of congealed oil. In a previous era, Germans perhaps treated woodwork differently. My Bavarian 1869 Werder is (except for the dings etc) immaculate.

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    "He's Germanicon Johnny... "

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