Originally Posted by hiwall
Sanding can be OK and usually necessary. The main problem with sanding is being very careful not to destroy the wood-to-metal fit and fitting of the buttplate/grip cap etc. Tru-oil is great! Many times I have used several coats of Tru-oil and then used bronze wool to bring it down to a non-shiny rich looking finish. Staining with oil-based stains is fine and can really change the look of the stock to make it pleasing to your eye(the only opinion that counts).
Very true about making sure to keep all the wood to metal fit right as well as the but plate.
Originally Posted by axxe55
sometimes the condition of the finish on the wood determines sanding or how much. personally i like to use the least amount of sanding needed to achieve the results i want. i do use stain to get the color i want or to bring out the grain more.
i alsolike to use Tung oil as well. one of my finishing procedures i use involves using Johnson's paste wax on the stock with very fine steel wool.
I like Tung oil too...A lot of peopel don't even think about it's ability to bring some near dead wood back to life.
A lot of the what I use and how will have to do with what I want to finish up with and what I"m starting out with. An old not to kind handled stock can leave wood looking pretty bad. I'm kind of hard headed and will try about anything to get an old stock to come back from the dead.
Of course if it's something like an Enfield in the OEM wood or the like I try pretty hard to get it back to origional. Some sporterised stock thing or something like a 10-22, marlin 60 type thing and all bets are off though. Figure even if I screw it up it's pretty easy to get another one.