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    Correct Period Varnish

    Could anyone here help me with some information or expertise on the correct varnish for 1910's-1940's shotguns?

    It does not seem to get covered in the shotgun forums much even though shotguns are about the only US military weapons that should occasionally actually have a varnished stock.

    All I can seem to find locally are modern polyurethane based finishes and I haven't had much luck searching the vintage furniture sphere for information either.
    Should it just be an oil based varnish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AD-4NA View Post
    on the correct varnish for 1910's-1940's shotguns?
    You may mean Lacquer rather than varnish. Who is the manufacture of the shotgun?

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    Lacquer is the finish you seek. For a more refined custom look BLOicon is hard to beat on the old guns made with the quality lumber IMHO.

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    In this case we're talking about Remington. WWII Model 11's and Model 31's among others

    Maybe I thought they used some kind of varnish because I was wrongfully misremembering lacquer as a not very durable finish until you gents got the old brain cells going.

    Not to get too testy, but RLO/BLOicon is just not the correct finish on a few of these military shotguns.

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