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Old December 19, 2008, 12:55 PM   #9
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Boiled linseed oil will work OK for refinishing a stock, but does not need to be reapplied every 3 months. Doing so will darken the wood beyond the point of deep, glowing luster. It will make it almost black. If you doubt this, take a look at all those old milsurp rifles that had the stocks treated every 3-6 months, their stocks are almost black. At the time, boiled linseed oil was one of the best solutions, but there are other finishes avalable now that work better and still look the same. As stated above, tung oil is a great finish (most of the tung oil finishes available have driers added), boiled linseed oil with Japan driers added is also great. For cleaning oil-darkened wood or periodic cleaning every 3 months or so, try Scott's Liquid Gold furniture polish, but it does have a very strong solvent smell.
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