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Hey, I was wondering if anyone knows of anyhting good to reccomend. Is marine varnish a good route? Any information would be helpful. Thanks

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I like Boild Linseed Oil.
After you have striped the old finish and smothed out the stock. Apply the linseed oil with a clean rag, rub it in well rubbing with the grain.
(the linseed oil I thin with turpintine. 3/4 Linseed to 1/4 turpintine. I also heat it up then apply this is just a personal preference)
Stash the used oil soaked rag someplace fireproof, since when linseed oil dries it generated heat there is a small chance of spontanious combustion. It has never happened to me but you never know.
OK, 24 hrs after the application smooth the stock out with some fine steel wool, wipe it down with a clean rag and give the stock a second coat. I usualy do about 3 coats total. Linseed gives a hard durable finish and isnt shinny like varnish's and other poly finishes.
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Adkbear is right on the mark. Boiled linseed is all I ever use and it is as easy to apply as Adkbear said.

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Linseed Oil is the way to go, as ADKBEAR suggested, if you are going to use your rifle in the woods.
Varnish will not hold up to the dings that come with carrying a firearm thru the woods.
Little dings and scratches will cause the varnish to start peeling as soon as a lil moisture gets into it. You'll find yourself refinishing often with varnish whereas with Linseed oil you just hit the ding with some fine steel wool and rub some more into the stock.
However if the Rifle is to set inside a display cabinet then a good Varnish finish will certainly make it look great, especially under some accent lighting.
One of the most beautiful firearms I ever owned was an old "Made in Spain" 12 ga single shot that I handmade a mahogany stock and forearm for and finished with Varnish.
Way too heavy to carry and hunt with but it was beautiful to show and just sit and look at.

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Another good option for finishing/refinishing gunstocks is tung oil. I feel its a bit more durable than linseed oil. Its applied the same way, rubbed in, in multiple coats, letting it dry thoroughly between coats. It seems to soak into the wood a bit better and the finish is a bit tougher. With dings, same thing, buff out and touch up with tung oil. Like linseed oil the rags soaked in it are also combustible, so I always keep a coffee can (with water in it) handy to drop my oil soaked rags into it right away.

I personally love the finish of tung oil, after several coats you get a nice satiny finish. It also holds up very well in nasty wet weather. I wouldn't recommend leaving it wet, however it does not hurt the wood if you're out in rain/snow. Just dry it off right away, like you should do for any gun.

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Don't know exactly what Birchwood-Casey uses, but I used their "stock refinishing kit" a couple of years ago to fancy up a Winchester Model 12 my grandfather left to me after he died and it looks positively beautiful.

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I am going to be doing the same thing... my 30.06 really needs it badly. I was going to take it apart, sand it down, and use tung oil.

But what about the barrel...? Right now it's glassed into the stock. I would rather have it floating. I know that when the barrel heats up it will expand. If it's not mounted correctly, when it expands it may "stick" to the stock and warp. Should I put some type of wax or something between the finish and the barrel?

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The Birchwood Casey product is called Tru Oil. It is a very good product but it is really more of a varnish than oil. It gives a very durable and shiney finish, or it can be rubbed down with conditioner for a satin finish.
Another finish worth considering is called Waterlox. It is pure tung oil mixed with polymers. They have both high gloss and satin available.

If you remove the glass bedding and take it down to bare wood in order to get a free floating barrel then you must put something on the wood. I have always used a sealer of some kind before the final finish, this is put into all screw holes with a Q tip and on all surfaces whether hidden or not. The finish is applied the same way to all surfaces. If not sealed, the wood will absorb moisture and swell.
Also, all surfaces of my oil finished stocks get a yearly coating of Johnsons paste wax.

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hey thaks a lot eveyone. we will see how it ends up

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