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Old 11-24-2019, 08:56 AM
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Recently found a Marlin 99 at a pawn shop. Wood is really dark and has very few dings. Probably refinished somewhere in it's past? Looks way better than the metal. All the screws are buggered up.

If I litterally wash the wood with alcohol, then apply several coats of tru oil, will the stock have any shine? Should I sand it first? Is the natural color of walnut sufficient, or, are walnut stocks stained?
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Old 11-24-2019, 09:09 AM
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That's a good find. I don't think the 99 was stained but don't know for sure. You could try to clean the stock with water and a little dawn dish soap and green 3M scrubber. If you use Tru-oil I would first strip the old finish off with a commercial stripper. You could pose the question in the stock refinishing section of this forum and get more advice. There are "stickies" there with stock refinishing tips.
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Old 11-24-2019, 02:58 PM
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Old 11-25-2019, 07:54 AM
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That looks like a Model 99M1, which is birch and dark stained. A 99 would be walnut and have the Marlin Bullseye.
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Old 11-25-2019, 07:59 AM
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I was thinking the hole in the stock was for a swivel, but maybe that was the bullseye. If it is from a 99, yes someone stained it. I'm either right or I am wrong!
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Old 11-25-2019, 11:47 AM
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It's a walnut stock (witness the inletting, where stocks are not usually stained), and can be refinished to the sheen of your choice.

I wouldn't sand a thing, just strip it with Homer Formby's Furniture Refinisher (HomeCheapo, good hardware stores, etc), following the directions on the can.






Then, buy/install a replacement Marlin bullseye (requires shortening & contouring to stock surface) prior to applying a finish.


https://www.amazon.com/Numrich-Gun-P.../dp/B004XNDY76


If you temporarily dampen the surface of the stripped wood, you will see how it should look with stock finish applied - making your decision to satin darker or not easier.


When finishing, the pores in the wood need to be filled in order to have any kind of a decent finish.



I use Tru-Oil for stock refinishing, at least 6 coats, cutting back each dried coat with a new pad of 0000 steel wool to fill the pores.


If the final coat of T-O is left as-is, the finish will be glossy, if it's also cut back & waxed, it will have a satin sheen (YMMV)


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Old 11-30-2019, 07:41 AM
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The hole in the stock is for the missing bullseye. Thanks for the replies and suggestions. If I get the stock looking to suit me, I may rust blue the barrel and the front sight? The cold blue looks weak.
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Old 12-02-2019, 04:01 PM
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I had a model 99 rifle, they came in two models, the carbine(M1 look-a-like) and the rifle. Mine was the same dark colored wood, fine grain and the Marlin bullseye in the stock. The glue tends to dry out with age and mine fell out, somewhere in the woods. Mine did not have the micro groove rifling. Nice find.
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Old 12-03-2019, 05:49 PM
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For several years, 64-67 for sure, some model 99s had american walnut stocks. Based on the photos, yours is walnut.
Were it mine I would strip it to bare wood and use a tru-oil finish, 8-10 coats.

Walnut rifle stock in photo (M 70) has 6 coats and some of the pores are still open.
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Old 12-04-2019, 04:58 PM
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be meticulous about removing the human oils from the handgrip area and the cheek rest...
http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how-t...ins-from-wood/

If you stain, GELS are easiest for those new to staining...
and avoid Minwax...it's the cheap brand for a reason...It's Sherwin William's Off-Brand stain.
usually requires purchasing additional products to get the best results from it...
after which it ends up being less expensive to get a high quality stain in the first place

Check into your local Unfinished Furniture stores for in-depth practical instruction.
Buy a $29 barstool and the good ones practically give you a mini-course on staining

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Old 12-11-2019, 05:54 PM
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Some progress on the Walnut stock. The third pic show the action parts I replaced. I am sure it would look better had I thoroughly followed the suggestions.
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There's always Boyd's Stocks if you get a wild hair for a really NICE one
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