I have some new unfinished furniture coming in from Ironwood Designs, a mix of birch and walnut. I want to finish it so it both looks nice and holds up really well, even if I use the gun for hunting and get it wet and freezing cold. I have read dfariswheel's long and helpful "sticky" post on his method of oil finishing with Minwax antique oil. That looks like one good option. I also did a search of this forum and read several other finishing/refinishing discussions. I also have some personal experience refinishing several stocks with Watco oil (a different brand of oil/varnish blend). All three had some sort of finish to start, and I don't know exactly what. One of the three turned out wonderful, one pretty good, one only fair (dull finish even after numerous coats and sanding in between coats, which is the same technique I used with the others). None of those have been exposed to hard use so I don't know how that finish will hold up over time. I have also used pure tung oil with great results on some other woodworking projects, but not on a rifle stock or anything exposed to weather. Basically, I want a finish that is very durable and won't need repair or replacement for quite a long time. Looks are good too, but durability is #1. I will probably want a satin or semigloss final product, and the oil finish look is fine but not a requirement. I also want the ability to put the finish on over a stain. At the same time I'm aware that a stain/varnish process is quite involved and time consuming, and really difficult to repair if it gets damaged. The oil finishes I know are simpler and harder to screw up, just a lot of repetition in the process. So here's what I'm considering: 1) Minwax antique oil finish following dfariswheel's method. 2) Watco oil, roughly the same method. 3) Pure tung oil, ditto 4) Spar varnish - most likely Minwax "Helmsman" spar urethane - as top coat (several thin coats) over a stain. Can anyone comment on durability of those finishes when used for real-world hunting, etc. over several years? I am especially interested in moisture resistance, resistance to common gun oils and cleaners, and any issues with cracking, flaking, or fading.