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Old June 3rd, 2016, 11:38 AM   #16
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Which was used by contractors to finish m14 stocks? Thanks
Tung oil. Sometimes referred to as Chinawood oil.
In the bolt rifle stock, and early Garand stock production, raw linseed oil dips were used. Post War2 production was Tung oil.

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Naturally your welcome too use any oil you like for your stocks, I really like the look of Teak oil...

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Old December 27th, 2016, 01:40 PM   #18
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Giving it a try with the milkpaint dark Tung Oil. Restoring a mid 50's stock on a M1C. The stock felt real dirty after all the years of Greek storage. Cleaned it with denatured alcohol about six times letting it sit a week between treatments. On coat 4 of the tung oil.


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Old December 27th, 2016, 04:07 PM   #20
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I bought raw linseed after using plain tung on some M1's. I boiled it in my microwave after some research, and added it to tung about 1/3 linseed/tung. I added a bit of tincture of iodine, and I've used that on these. It's a bit waxy, but a little microwave, it melts and readily penetrates the wood when warm. Linseed oil tends to be a bit more red/orange IMHO, and the acids in it, over time, may redden it even more.

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Old December 29th, 2016, 06:49 PM   #21
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I used to use boiled linseed oil. Then I ran into a couple walnut H&R M1 Garand stocks that just looked like they'd been sand blasted after multiple coats of BLO. I couldn't make them even a little bit shiny.

I asked a buddy about it and he told me to try tung oil and to put the tung oil right on top of the BLO and the wood would shine up. It did. A few coats and I was happy.

No idea why the SA walnut stocks did fine with BLO and the H&R walnut stocks wouldn't. I just know that now I only use tung oil.

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What I've read on the subject is.... that the Armories preferred tung oil when it could be had. I've also seen linseed oil used as being the raw variety, as boiled oil was a completely different animal back then.

Right , I've read stock were immersed in a tub of warm , but not boiling , raw linseed oil.

There's an M1 Garand dealer that does shows around me. His rifles always have good looking stocks. He says he uses tung oil thinned with a bit of lacquer thinner so it soaks in deeper and dries quicker.

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I followed tokiwartooth's advice with the real milk paint tung oil on a Greece return M1C. The mid 50's stock felt very greasy and there was plenty of old oil/cosmoline on the rifle. I spend a few weeks using denatured alcohol to draw out the old oil and then used the Tung oil. Four coats of dark tung oil/mineral spirits then I switched over to clear tung oil. The picture is after 7 applications. At that point I reassembled the rifle. Giving it a few more weeks for the oil to harden. Probably will try to hand rub a coat a couple of times a month.
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BTW, on a similar subject, never was taught to use nor used grease on the M-14 while I was issued one. Used military issue gun oil and solvent only.
Same here, and we did not use any special device to lube the bolt roller.

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