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Old January 25, 2013, 09:49 AM   #14
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... I wonder how much of that is the natural wood color....
You won't know for sure until you start exposing the wood, but IIRC the Russians used a pigmented shellac, so the finished rifle tended to be darker and redder than the wood.

Does anyone know a stain or oil I could use that would give me a nice reddish color and enhance the grain?
I've had good luck with the Minwax poly finishes, and like any pigmented finish, the more you apply the darker the result (to a point). Just keep applying until it's the finish you want.
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