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mold on stock?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by frankenstein406, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. frankenstein406

    frankenstein406 Well-Known Member

    Pulled out a old beat up boy scout training rifle and it seemed to have white mold spots on it. It wiped off and haven't seen it before, so I rewaxed it. Has anyone seen this before on a wood stock or have any advice? The stock has a bunch of nicks from all the scouts I assume lol and seem to be around those areas. Thanks :confused:

    Hope this is the right section
  2. joeschmoe

    joeschmoe Well-Known Member

    Mold equals humidity. How does the bore/internals looks. Rust? Needs airflow, and a little heat (Goldenrod).
    What kind of wax?
  3. frankenstein406

    frankenstein406 Well-Known Member

    forgot to check the bore, there was slight rust on the outside on one spot but the bluing is very worn its no beauty queen. We did have a problem with water in the basement from the spring thaw but now its snowing again and no water in basement. Johnsons floor wax. It was in a plastic gun case with foam padding and no goldenrod. Thanks
  4. MountainBear

    MountainBear Well-Known Member

    If it's molding, I don't imagine the stock is properly sealed. Unless it would be ruining a valuable, collectable piece of history, I would either refinish or have the stock refinished and properly sealed.
  5. joeschmoe

    joeschmoe Well-Known Member

    Don't store it like that. It will be completely ruined soon.
  6. frankenstein406

    frankenstein406 Well-Known Member

    What would you recommend? So those gun cases are useless for storing them except when traveling?
  7. joeschmoe

    joeschmoe Well-Known Member

    Yes. It needs air circulation and somewhere that gets slightly warmed. A vented cabinet with a low power heater/bulb and a lock is perfect. A cardboard tube, with slits in the ends tucked behind the furnace could work too.
  8. CApighunter

    CApighunter Well-Known Member

    When those soft cases get wet they will rust a gun like no other. I let my father borrow my 870 last year and it was inside the camper shell of a pickup that leaked rainwater onto the case. When he brought it back, the receiver was completely covered in light surface rust. Fortunately it cleaned off easy. This was less than 24 hours from when it got wet. I use those cases for transporting guns, but never storing them.
  9. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Clean the stock with 0000 Extra-Fine Steel wool & Lemon oil furnature polish.

    Clean the steel with the same 0000 Extra fine steel wool and any decent gun oil.

    Store in the back of an upstairs closet, out of any gun case.
    Dust bunny's are easily removed.

    Not so much for mold and rust.

    Free, air dry circulation is the key!!

  10. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

  11. Catpop

    Catpop Well-Known Member

    I've seen this before as long as 50 years ago. And for some reason it always seemed too occur on older well used military guns and/or antique guns. I always figured it was a result of the old oil compositions that found their way onto stocks. Maybe vegetable oils? Problem is, it is them devil to get rid of and it will keep returning. Jmtcw.

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