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    Removing tiny scratch

    Crud,. I put a tiny tiny thin little scratch on the top back of the stock with a barn wire today when I was out squirrel hunting. I am dismayed I was so clumsy...I even had the thought, "watch out and don't scratch it on the Barb wire.....it's a tiny thin little scratch and not deep......but I see it....any tips on how to address the damage ......all thoughts appreciated....
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    I will speak for myself only, but someone told a story bout a man who bought a new truck and the first thing he did was put a scratch in the paint with the key so he would not have to worry about scratching his new truck.
    I thought this was genius.
    might try a small spot with 0000 steel wool or 1000 grit sandpaper or just polish with a buffing wheel and fine buffing compound, depending on how deep it is.
    buffing wheel is probably the best bet
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    The scratch is in the wood ?

    I would wipe it with Ballistol oil. That make it hardly noticeable.

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    That's a good argument for a low gloss linseed oil finish, or something similar. It's easily touched up with a bit more of the oil.

    For yours, I'd also try an oil, linseed or an oil based furniture polish. If there's an obvious divot where the scratch is, I'd consider trying to taper the edges of the scratch with a very fine steel wool, to soften the contrast. Then polish and wax.

    Good luck.

    But you'll probably get better advice from someone who does a lot more wood work repair than I do.
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    MinWax and possibly others make scratch repair sticks and pens for wood finishes. Go to home depot and match up what you need. I wouldn't carry the gun in with me but you could reomve the stock and take it with you.
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    Memory mark. You’ll always remember when & where that one happened. My dad, who has been gone many years, was an avid quail hunter. He used his shotgun to push down the top wire of barb wire fences to cross them. His shotgun looked rough, but he kept it clean, and it operated well (semi-auto). I don’t like to scratch guns, but it happens. It used to really aggravate me, but with fewer years left on the planet, I try to forget small scratches on guns. My grandsons can worry with those....
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    A picture of your scratch would help in knowing what approach to recommend. I've hidden hairline scratches with Old English well enough and a couple, after treatment, I've forgotten where they were. Just lay it on with a cotton cloth and let dry, polish out with a furniture polish and done.

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    I have hidden scratches by just rubbing a bit of Tru Oil on the scratch and letting it dry over night. I also have hidden a few by just dipping a tooth pick in the Tru Oil and "painting" just the affected area of the scratch with as little Tru Oil as I can. Don't rub it in for this application, and it will sink in all the little micro scratches and blend in with the color. It is sort of like those pens they sell to fix clear coat scratches on cars.

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    I use wax sticks I buy from a furniture maker. You can buy different shades. Warm first. The wax, not yourself.
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