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I am not sure what to use on an old (1911), all original, but not significant, 1892’s walnut stock to clean it and protect it from drying out. I have tried a search here with no luck-could be my search terms. 

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You can wipe the wood down with a damp soapy rag to remove any dirt.  Let it dry then wipe it with a product that you would use for furniture.  Some get very picky when it comes to oil on the wood but I am not.  A light coat of most any oil will work.  Don’t overdo it and wipe off the excess.  If you still have dry spots add more coats.  Boiled linseed oil is what Winchester used.  If you want it shiny use a furniture polish.

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I am not sure what to use on an old (1911), all original, but not significant, 1892’s walnut stock to clean it and protect it from drying out. I have tried a search here with no luck-could be my search terms. 

Any suggestions?

  

Yes…  any decent quality wood furniture cleaning oil will do the trick.

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I’ve used Old West Snake Oil (see link below) on my Winchesters.  You can apply it to the wood and metal surfaces.  It’s a protector and not a permanent drying finish which is what I like about it.  For cleaning and lubricating the internals (receiver,etc.), I like Break Free CLP.

http://www.oldwestsnakeoil.com

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I found this wood-cleaner formula somewhere & have used it with good results:  equal parts vinegar, turpentine, & boiled linseed, well shaken.  Or if that’s too much trouble, Murphy’s Oil Soap, followed by Scott’s Liquid Gold.

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