I use the pictured can, it's Spanish Walnut. I've done several stocks with it. I don't even know if they make the stuff anymore and I plead the 5th as to it's manufacture date. I sanded it down until all the scratches were gone then I sand with 400, 600, 800, 1000 and 2000. The finish is as smooth and soft as silk.Looks great, what type of finish did you use? I just got a 57 .22mag a few days ago and I'm in the same boat. The stock is in nice shape, only a few minor dings but it has years of BLO buildup, that or TruOil. It's even slobbered onto the metal. I saw one on GunBroker that was like brand new and noticed the stock finish was dull originally. I'm thinking of just stripping it and using gunny paste. Did you stain yours or leave it natural? This is my first post here, hoping to find more info on these 57's and a few other Marlins I have. Any way to date these things?