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Old December 15, 2008, 03:55 PM   #2
Tom2
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If linseed oil is used on stocks, over many years it will darken the wood a great deal. Don't know about "black", I would have to see what you were talking about. If they were truly black, it is either not original finish, or they were in a fire! I have seen the insides of milsurp walnut stocks that are basically black, from oil absorption and it results in sort of a wood rot where the wood gets soft and crumbly in the worst cases. And since the wood is saturated, it is not repairable.
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