Yugo Mauser: What should I refinish it in?


March 3, 2009, 05:40 PM
I have already bought some Minwax "Gun stock" stain and planned on using that and sealing it with Tru-Oil, but now I think I might want something darker.

What say you?

Post as many pics as possible!

Suggestions are all welcome!


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March 3, 2009, 05:43 PM
Pics because I want to see if I should refinish mine, LOL :D. Id go lighter but thats just me.

March 3, 2009, 10:21 PM
My Yugo had a nice dark walnut stock under all the cosmoline. Once I got it cleaned and light sanding, I used Formby's Tung Oil finish - I think 3 coats. Low shine and didn't darken the wood more than the natural walnut color.

I'll see if can get a pic posted tomorrow.

March 3, 2009, 10:46 PM

These are original condition M24/47 rifles for you to
use as reference material.

I would test that stain before applying it to your stock. Or maybe
apply a little on the buttstock where it would be covered by the
buttplate. Staining wood is a one-way street.

All the Yugo M24/47's and M48's that I've hand handled have
been finished with shellac.






March 4, 2009, 09:43 AM
I've had several M48 Mausers and they've all had a dark finish. It depends on if you're wanting to replicate the original finish or not. The Yugo isn't necessarily a collectors item so unless you're just a stickler for returning it to original condition, I'd say finish it with what will make you the happiest.

I've never seen an M48 with shellac though. They've all been oiled. I'd probably pass on the shellac if it were me. But again, it's your rifle so finish it with what will make you the happiest and don't worry about what everyone thinks of it.

March 4, 2009, 05:13 PM
Thanks for the pics!

I have a feeling the gun stock stain will be closest to the third rifle.

I'm considering buying a different stain...or maybe mixing a few.

ORRR perhaps I will just oil it.

I really love the look of the second pic that you posted??

Which finish would you guys recommend for that look? Maybe just some tru-oil?



March 4, 2009, 05:14 PM
Also, what kind of wood is my stock?


Is it a laminate?

It is a regular old 24/47 from Classic Arms.



March 4, 2009, 05:35 PM


I'm not sure what kind of wood that is on 2nd rifle. It's not walnut.
My guess would be elm. Not laminated. Not from
Classic. Bought years ago.

Regardless, the finish is without a doubt shellac. Not oil.



March 4, 2009, 05:42 PM
Thanks for the info. I have much pondering to do before I finish her.



March 5, 2009, 08:15 PM

March 5, 2009, 08:25 PM

I'm actually considering ditching the stain route and going with boiled linseed oil.

Any precautions I should take?

Necessary to do the steel wool between each coat?

Would it be ok to finish the last 2 layers with tru-oil?



March 5, 2009, 11:42 PM
I used finished two stock, one was a old glennfield. with some funky dark stain of some sort,.It bothered me from day one,I knew the wood under the stain wsnt walnut,It birch, and NO stain will go into the pours of the wood.Slo make a long storry short,I sanded all the funky stain off, and used tung oil.I have 10 coats on it. it looks good. my other is a walnut wood stain too,And it bothered me again after years of looking at that stock i thought im redoing it,So i took it all apart, and striped all the stain off of it. and here the wood was Maple.I used Maple stain, and i finished it with tung oil too..IM Happy now. with both stocks But see that made me happy..
you do it the way you want, what makes you happy.I would use a hair dryer on the wood to bring all the old junk that maybe in the pours.to the surface,I think you would be surprized what the hair dryer will bring out,,

I have a cz 24, that i like to redo. but it has all sorts of stamped marks on it. I dont want to take out,so i will ponder on how bad I want to tackle it,.

March 6, 2009, 05:40 PM
Heh, I actually did the hair dryer method. I've just finished cleaning up the action/barrel, so I will give more attention to the wood next.

I have a little portable heater that will work perfect for this.


March 6, 2009, 05:45 PM
I just went with the Boiled Linseed Oil. It just seems the right thing to do with a bolt action Milsurp.


Duke of Doubt
March 6, 2009, 05:51 PM
I left mine original, just like it was when the brave Slovenes used them to stand off the FRY army at Llubliana in 1991. Why you guys think you improve them by stripping them and giving them another finish, while destroying all collector value, is beyond me.

March 6, 2009, 06:09 PM

After the BLO layers, did you add anything else to it? I'm considering a layer of two of tru-oil. Think this is unnecessary?

Can you post pics of yours by chance?



wayne in boca
March 7, 2009, 05:22 AM
Saw a '34 Chevy truck once,guy painted it bright purple,looked nice actually.Didn't look like a '34 Chevy anymore,though.Please don't sand off the history,preserve it.

March 7, 2009, 08:25 AM
ZAR Moorish teak, with either tung oil or BLO works really well. I'll try to link to some threads with photos in a moment.


Sometimes a good clean up and a little BLO will do the job:


March 7, 2009, 10:47 AM
Thanks for the info guys...I think I'm just gonna oil it.



March 7, 2009, 10:48 AM
Is it necessary to remove any finish already? I scrubbed it with rubbing alcohol yesterday and that got a lot of crap off of it.


March 7, 2009, 11:05 AM
This is killing me... Photos linked from certain hosts are blocked here!!!!! I haven't even been able to see what you're working with. :banghead:

Duke of Doubt
March 7, 2009, 12:50 PM
.45Guy: "This is killing me... Photos linked from certain hosts are blocked here!!!!! I haven't even been able to see what you're working with."

Imagine a gang of kids pouring lye and acid alcohol over the upturned face of a helpless pretty girl from a good family, and you get the idea.

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