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    Preserving an all-matching Kar98k

    I have recently acquired an AR 41 Kar98kicon with all matching numbers. It has a laminate stock that is in a very dried out state and some open gouge Mark's in it. I want to preserve it in it's current state and not harm it or its collector value. Any recommendations reference how to preserve the stock? All of my research and on other forums (including Skennertonicon's Kar98k handbook) recommend the application of raw linseed oilicon. I have used linseed oilicon on other milsurp successfully but have no experience with Kar98's. Thank you!


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    Applying a “coat” or two of linseed oilicon isn’t a bad idea. Remember to coat the inletting as well.
    Keep in mind the oil doesn’t go deep even in solid wood. Even less so on laminate stocks because the doesn’t penetrate the first layer of epoxy.
    No reason not to oil your stock though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarPig1976 View Post
    Applying a “coat” or two of linseed oilicon isn’t a bad idea. Remember to coat the inletting as well.
    Keep in mind the oil doesn’t go deep even in solid wood. Even less so on laminate stocks because the doesn’t penetrate the first layer of epoxy.
    No reason not to oil your stock though.
    Thanks, I didn't consider the epoxy for the laminates. Is it better to clean it with warm water or Hoppes prior to the linseed oilicon? I just want to remove the grime and crud so the arsenal markings in the wood will stand out more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarPig1976 View Post
    Applying a “coat” or two of linseed oilicon isn’t a bad idea. Remember to coat the inletting as well.
    Keep in mind the oil doesn’t go deep even in solid wood. Even less so on laminate stocks because the doesn’t penetrate the first layer of epoxy.
    No reason not to oil your stock though.
    Oil over the grime and crud or clean it (with hot water or wiping with Hoppes) prior to applying the oil? I'm not sure if cleaning it will affect the collector value.

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    Thanks. I will just wipe the stock down with a warm wet towel to avoid any chemical application and then add a single coat of raw linseed oilicon. Your advice reference the oil not penetrating that next level of epoxy makes complete sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarPig1976 View Post
    Applying a “coat” or two of linseed oilicon isn’t a bad idea. Remember to coat the inletting as well.
    Keep in mind the oil doesn’t go deep even in solid wood. Even less so on laminate stocks because the doesn’t penetrate the first layer of epoxy.
    No reason not to oil your stock though.
    Thank you for the advice. That makes sense reference the epoxy. It is being disassembled tonight to get it serviced and protected. I'm hoping the interior serial numbers match the exterior numbers.

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