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Old 09-09-2020, 10:10 AM
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Can anyone tell me what kind of finish Ruger uses on their 10/22 carbine stock. Iím guessing itís lacquer, but havenít done anything experimenting.
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Old 09-09-2020, 10:15 AM
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It's a 50/50 mix of used Motor Oil and BLO

Definitely NOT lacquer.

Strips off fairly easy with most any good quality Stripper with a ScotchBrite pad.. follow with cotton rag.
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Old 09-09-2020, 11:28 AM
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Iíve got some old Zipstrip. Iíll give that a try, before I go out and buy more. Iím working on a new project and need to use three or four old carbine stocks. If and when this works out, Iíll be posting pictures.
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Depending on their age.. Older ones (pre-1980) should be Walnut. After that they are Beech or Birch.. and will look like this once stripped and lightly sanded...
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known as mud in most circles

it's hard to match if you're just trying to repair a spot you had to fix, or modded

I did it on the wrist of this Birch Carbine years ago but it took more than one attempt

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If anyone has any tips on how to refinish a birch stock I'd like to know. I stripped the finish off of my stock with no problem, but when I tried to refinish it using Minwax stain it came out terrible, with the open-grained sections very dark and the closed-grain areas very light. Whatever Ruger uses they somehow manage to get the entire thing an even color, which makes me wonder if they're using some sort of combination stain/finish.
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If anyone has any tips on how to refinish a birch stock I'd like to know. I stripped the finish off of my stock with no problem, but when I tried to refinish it using Minwax stain it came out terrible, with the open-grained sections very dark and the closed-grain areas very light. Whatever Ruger uses they somehow manage to get the entire thing an even color, which makes me wonder if they're using some sort of combination stain/finish.
I assume Rugers finish is put over a clear sealer to keep from being blotchy
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Some may disagree with me, but I have found that applying a coat of pre-stain wood conditioner to the bare wood will make a birch stock take the stain evenly. The thread at the link shows a method of essentially making a birch/hardwood stock look like walnut. I have used it, and it works well.

https://www.surplusrifleforum.com/vi...php?f=61&t=413
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Some may disagree with me, but I have found that applying a coat of pre-stain wood conditioner to the bare wood will make a birch stock take the stain evenly. The thread at the link shows a method of essentially making a birch/hardwood stock look like walnut. I have used it, and it works well.

https://www.surplusrifleforum.com/vi...php?f=61&t=413
maybe it's Firefox ,or my Eset blocking it, but your link just took me to a blank page
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maybe it's Firefox ,or my Eset blocking it, but your link just took me to a blank page
Same here.

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maybe it's Firefox ,or my Eset blocking it, but your link just took me to a blank page
Not just Firefox - I get the blank page, too, trying 3 different browsers, starting with Firefox.
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Okay, obviously a bad link. Let me search this mess that I call a hard drive, and see if I copied the files. If I find them, I'll post them.

ETA: Looks like that forum is gone. I saved the entire thread to my computer back in 2009, and I shall endeavor to copy and paste it into a new thread here and upload the photos. Probably going to be later this week.

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As promised:

https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum...1#post12105033
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Some may disagree with me, but I have found that applying a coat of pre-stain wood conditioner to the bare wood will make a birch stock take the stain evenly.
That's what I was thinking- my last refinish job the dye didn't go as deep as I wanted it to- which turned out better, I like the way it looks, but on this build I want a better stain.
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