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What finish oil for the barrel channel of a stock?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Red State, Jul 27, 2010.

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  1. Red State

    Red State Member

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    I just finished sanding the barrel channel of my stock so that my barrel is now free floated.

    What finish should I use to protect the wood where I sanded off the original finish?

    The original finish is in great shape on the rest of the stock, so I don't want to mess with that. I just need to protect the wood under the barrel from moisture.

    My primary concern is protecting the wood from moisture.
    If possible, I would like a fairly inexpensive product that is not very labor intensive.
    Because all of this will be hidden by the barrel, I am not very concerned about looks.

    So with that criteria, what would you use?

    Tung Oil?
    Shellac?
     
  2. longdayjake

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    Use whatever you have handy. It wont be seen so it wont matter. Just make sure it can take the heat.
     
  3. Dr T

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    I would use tung oil (Watco) to seal the channel.
     
  4. rcmodel

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    Birchwood-Casey Tru-Oil stock finish rubbed on with a finger.
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    Or bar top polyurethane finish like Deft or Minwax brushed on.

    rc
     
  5. USSR

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    BLO (boiled linseed oil), available at most any hardware store.

    Don
     
  6. 375shooter

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    Boiled linseed oil from the hardware store works great for a classic oil finish on a bare stock. It has to applied several times and should be worked in by hand.

    For finishing the barrel channel, any suggestions as already stated above will work great.
     
  7. Horsemany

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    Minwax wipe on polyurethane. Available in quarts, satin, semi-gloss and gloss to match the sheen of the stock. Just wipe on with a rag and it will endure a tremendous amount of moisture and heat compared to most other options.
     
  8. Al Thompson

    Al Thompson Moderator Emeritus

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    Agree with Horsemany.
     
  9. jimmyraythomason

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    My preference is Tru-oil by Birchwood Casey but there really is no "bad" choice. Oil is just as protective as polyurethane and when used in a barrel channel where it isn't subjected to scratches or dings,is just as durable. Personally,if the stock is finished in polyuretane,I would use polyurethane in the barrel channel,if finished in oil then use oil.
     
  10. Red State

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    Thanks, everyone.

    Since I have tung oil on hand, I am going to do two or three coats of that and call it good.
     
  11. jimmyraythomason

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    That should do fine.
     
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