U.S. Arsenal stock oil

Here is a recipe I got from the lead gunsmith at Lodgewood products for the proper linseed oil finish for military rifle stocks
3 parts raw linseed oil
1 part pure gum spirits of turpentine
Mix together and let sit out side to thicken slightly. Use a fiber brush to apply to the stock, let stand for 30 minutes, then wipe off excess, then allow to dry for several hours or day depending on atmospheric conditions.... sorry I forgot that part earlier...Repeat until the stock takes up no more oil.
 
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Here is a recipe I got from the lead gunsmith at Lodgewood products for the proper linseed oil finish for military rifle stocks
3 parts raw linseed oil
1 part pure gum spirits of turpentine
Mix together and let sit out side to thicken slightly. Use a fiber brush to apply to the stock, let stand for 30 minutes, then wipe off excess. Repeat until the stock takes up no more oil.
Dang good info.

Highboy
 
So, boiled linseed oil won't come out right?
Modern boiled linseed oil in no longer boiled. The boiling point is very close to the flash point. Instead they add chemical dryes instead, and that is what causes the problem. A linseed oil finish need to penetrate the wood poors to seal and waterproof the stock, the chemical dryers do not allow the oil to penetrate the wood, only to sit on the surface and dry their.
By usilng the thinned oil, this give you the needed penetration to actually seal and waterproof the stock, but it does lengthen the drying time. And the end result is a proper matte oil finish on a stock that’s has been properly sealed.
 
Here is a recipe for a matching stock wax...
2 1/2 oz by weight beeswax
2 oz by volume raw linseed oil
2 oz by volume pure gum turpentine

Melt the beeswax in a double boiler, remove from heat
Pour in linseed oil and turpentine, and return to the still hot water in the double boiler
Stir to incorporate all three ingredients
Let cool.
Dap some wax onto the stock and rub into the stock with the palm of your hand to a matte sheen.
 
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