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    stain and tru oil

    i was just wondering how many of you guys use stain your stocks when refinishing them of just tru oil i myself use both

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    I use a stain. Alway like a little red or brown color on a stock. Don't care too much for a blonde except for my wife.
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    I used a nice red oak on a 336 SC I did. It came out very well.

















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    Looks Great Halwg
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    I just did an old Mauser stock. Used 2 parts gunstock stain by minwax to 1 part Sedona red, then the tru oil. Came out just how I wanted it to. Very happy with results. On the blonde issue, I have a mid 80's win. 12 ga autoloader that is quite blonde. I guess I like it because it was a gift to me from my other blonde, back when we didn't have a pot to p$$$ in

    Now I have the pot, just have to stand real close to pee in it But I digress..........

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    I don't use stain.I start off with Helsman spar varnish cut with tung oil. The varnish adds a little darkening. I apply, wait 5 minutes or so and wipe dry.I keep this up until all pores a refilled and I get the luster I want. If I want a duller finish ,I rub out with pumice.

    You don't want to see any wood pores and I like the basic color of walnut.

    The following are stocks I have made myself and finished

    A TC Hawkin and then TC Black Diamond with a walnut stock instead of plastic.





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    Halwg, Did you scribble down your progression on anything. I'd sure be interested. I really like the stain and the finished look. Would like to hear your account of how you got down to bare wood, best way to do that, and what you did at each step. I would like to do something like this sometime.


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    I used a nice red oak on a 336 SC I did. It came out very well.









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    SgtDog0311 I hate to hijack this thread, but I will give you the answer. When I bought this gun, it had a really ugly yellowish look to the stock. What I think somebody did was put some type of varnish over the original finish from the 50's. So, I stripped the stock using Kleen-Strip stripper. It took 2 - 3 coats to remove all of the finish. The stock and forearm were in really decent shape once I got all the finish off, so I didn't do much sanding. But what I did do, was to make new spacers to replace the shrunken, yellowed ones.

    I installed the spacers, buttplate and pistol grip cap and did all my sanding with those in place so that they fit correctly and I didn't do any rounding of the stock. Then I used 2 or 3 coats of the stain until I got the color I wanted. I wanted a reddish tint to the walnut, similar to my 1966 336 RC. Once I achieved that look, I then finished it until I got the luster I wanted. It came out really well. Better than some of the earlier stocks I have finished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Halwg View Post
    SgtDog0311 I hate to hijack this thread, but I will give you the answer. When I bought this gun, it had a really ugly yellowish look to the stock. What I think somebody did was put some type of varnish over the original finish from the 50's. So, I stripped the stock using Kleen-Strip stripper. It took 2 - 3 coats to remove all of the finish. The stock and forearm were in really decent shape once I got all the finish off, so I didn't do much sanding. But what I did do, was to make new spacers to replace the shrunken, yellowed ones.
    Have you used this stripper on a polyurethane finish? I have a 50+ year old 22 that I refinished many years ago with urethane. Time to do it again just for grins. Normally I would just scrape it but I want the all of the urethane off.

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    thats for the replies and good looking guns
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