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Old West Snake Oil
March 14, 2017
12:08 am
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Know that it's been discussed before, but just wondering if any members would care to share their experiences and opinion of the product. 

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March 14, 2017
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I like it. Put some on a light glove & wipe everything down. I don't care for the stuff with the "Winchester finish" added.

March 14, 2017
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From what I've read, more folks seem to like it than those who don't.

I don't like it.  Maybe I had a bad bottle of it?  The Snake Oil was waxy on my stocks.  Oily to the touch.  Rain would turn it into a foreign material that would continue to come off on my hands.  Didn't seal against the rain.  Where I held the forestock, after a short while there was little left there--Transferred from my hand to my pant leg.

I had purchased two bottles of it.  Ended up giving them away to someone who wanted to try the SnOil.

Now I am very pleased using Mineral Spirits and Pure Tung Oil in a 50/50 mix.  Brings out more beauty of the wood, seals against rain, stays on/in the wood without crudding up your hands.  No wax crud.  No alien crud. 

March 14, 2017
3:07 pm
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I too only use tung oil/mineral spirits.  It leaves a waterproof and permanent finish that is easy to touch up if needed.

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March 14, 2017
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Old West Snake Oil is a great product for protecting the surfaces from oxidation and frequently handling (gun shows). I doubt that it is the best product for protecting the gun from the elements when out in a hunting environment. I have used it on most of my old old Winchesters for the past 20-years and like it.

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March 14, 2017
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As Burt stated, Old west Snake oil is more of a “gun oil” ie..protects from rusting…It was never intended as a permanent gunstock finish.

March 16, 2017
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And now I know why it wasn't great against the rain.  Thank you, fellows.

March 19, 2017
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I would sure be careful of putting the tung oil/mineral spirits on your Winchesters on a regular basis as it is a permanent finish and will just built up and begin to look thick. I also would not want it on the metal for the same reason. I do think it is a great wood finish, but should be applied sparingly, and not slopped over onto the metal surfaces. I have used snake oil and think it does the job it was made to do. I prefer Renaissance Micro-Crystalline Wax Polish though. Peter

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