I'm refinishing a 1948 Remington 510. There is oil residue that has permeated the stock near the action. Is there a method to remove this? Pour acetone on it and set it on fire?
Right on the money Chainsaw . Brownells Whiting agent works great , when used properly !I have had good success with Brownells "Old Fashioned Whiting". You mix it with methanol, TCE, acetone or toluene and paint it on oily stock. It will turn a dirty brown as it sucks oil out of stock. Let it dry and brush it off. Repeat if necessary.
I took an old Savage 99 stock (almost 100 years old) that was severely oil soaked and was able to salvage it. It looks very good - like a good piece of wood should look like after a 100 years.