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So I just finished staining my stock for my 25-06. The action has been scrubbed clean of 50 or so years of grit and grime. The barrel is all polished up with 600 gr emery cloth. Now I need to finish the stock. I have a few options... As a note this is not a hunting rifle this is a target rifle that will see range use only.

Polyacrylic in a satin finish.

Oil polyurethane in semi-gloss.

Deft Spray Lacquer in semi gloss or gloss.
 

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i redid a model remington 788 with linseed oil and finished it off with tung oil. really brought out the grain and still looks just as good after 15 years. no gloss finish though.
 
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I want a durable finish that needs little to no upkeep. Linseed and tung oil are nasty and don't produce the kind of finish I am looking for.
 

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I would opt for the oil based poly. Take your time with it, light coats and sanding in between each coat. 5 or 6 coats should have it looking great. ( and a week + of time ;))
 

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I used a water based lacquer from Target Coating http://www.targetcoatings.com/shop/products/EmTech_6000_Production_Lacquer_Gloss_1Gal-268-32.html It is very easy to apply, (cheap air brush from Harbor Freight) very durable, and easy to repair if you get it dinged up. I used the satin instead of the gloss.
I have finished two stocks with this method, and if the occasion arises, will use it again. As a matter of fact I am in the process of finishing two chess boards for Christmas presents with it.

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Bama, nice job on that stock.

Tru-oil gets my vote.
( I guess i'm just an old school fool, but it's ok, I've been this way a long time)
 

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+1 for the tru oil finish, looks good, esay to apply and most importantly it is easy to repair. If you intend to shoot a rifle you will at some point scuff the finish; tung oil and tru oil are the easiest finishes to touch up that I have found.
 
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Never did like Tru oil. Just me never did like it.

I picked up some semi gloss polycrylic at Lowes last night. So far I got 3 coats with a light wet sanding in between to fill the pours of the wood. Should be done if 3 to 4 coats more.

I did the polycrylic because it doesn't stink washes up with water and works. I am doing this in the house while the wife is at work so it needs to be kept on the DL (Down Low). For some reason she doesn't like me doing this in the kitchen not sure why.....
 

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One of the reasons to finish the stock is to reduce moisture changes to the wood. Fine Woodworking magazine did a test some years back where they tested a number of different finishes to see which one resisted moisture the best. In a nutshell; boiled linseed oil was the best, over marine epoxy, lacquer, poly, and conversion varnish.

Personally I think the best stock finish available is Tru-Oil. You can apply by hand, you can spray with an airbrush, you can steel wool it, you can polish it, etc. It's also infinitely repairable. Water based coatings are probably the worst for moisture prevention.
 

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another vote for tru-oil. I took my crusty looking win 94 back to beauty with it. 6 coats so far and I may do a few more this winter
 
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First this gun is not going to be a hunting gun it weighs in at 12.5# it is a bench gun. So moister control is far from my mind. It is in a safe with a golden rod and is more of a show piece than anything. That and the stock is 40+ years old at the youngest.

I have used try oil before and have never cared for it. I would be spray finishing this with lacquer if it wasn't December. That and I wanted to try something different. If I don't like it I will strip it and start over.
 

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Spar urethane is the best for durability and unlike Polycrilic , it has UV inhibitors in it . Automotive clearcoat turns milky after a while and is a PITA to strip and redo . comes in Gloss and Satin too !
 
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