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April 20, 2022 - 10:37 pm
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I have an original 1886 Winchester, I’m going to give the rifle a 70% grade for this discussion.

My question is whether it would be advisable to rub Tung Oil mixed with Winchester Spirit Stain on the wood stock?

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It depends on what your gun looks like now and what you are trying to do to it.  Boiled linseed oil will bring life back to a dried out stock and add some color.  It may take a few coats though.  The stain may or may not hurt the gun.  I have repaired stocks and wiped stain not only on the repair area but the entire gun so the repair is less visible.  I did not sand or remove any of the original finish before doing this.

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Chuck said
It depends on what your gun looks like now and what you are trying to do to it.  Boiled linseed oil will bring life back to a dried out stock and add some color.  It may take a few coats though.  The stain may or may not hurt the gun.  I have repaired stocks and wiped stain not only on the repair area but the entire gun so the repair is less visible.  I did not sand or remove any of the original finish before doing this.

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   My opinion is the same as Chuck’s. If I’m buying an old rare Winchester, an added wipe on of boiled linseed oil without sanding or removal of the original finish is acceptable to me. When you strip, sand, and stain, I call that restore. T/R

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I’m in the process of finishing another rifle stock using Tung Oil thus the question.

Since my hands were coated with excess Tung Oil I rubbed it on my 1886 wood, worked out good.

Just applied the oil directly into the original finish. 

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When it has time to dry and if spots show up give it another coat.  Vigorous hand rubbing can bring out a sheen.

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