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diemaker44
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Posted - 01/30/2015 :  3:04:06 PM  Show Profile Send diemaker44 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a QHMC and i would like to know what the original finish was on the stock and the handguard? some sort of oil i guess?

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Jackp
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Posted - 01/30/2015 :  4:17:21 PM  Show Profile Send Jackp a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There's not a real simple answer to your question. The stock was probably originally dipped in boiled linseed oil and hung up to air dry. However, over time various oils, i.e. linseed oil or tung oil possibly mixed with turpentine were used to re-oil, clean or preserve the wood. This along with gun lubricating oils, human sweat, moisture, soil, oxidation, etc. contributed to the variety of color, polish and patina of a 70+ year old stock.

Here's a good article on the CMP web site about stock finishes and cleaning.

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BQ97
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Posted - 01/30/2015 :  7:23:58 PM  Show Profile Send BQ97 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The original finish was raw linseed oil not boiled linseed oil. Stocks were immersed in heated raw linseed oil for several minutes then allowed to drip dry.
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rhineriver1
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Switzerland
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Posted - 02/01/2015 :  03:40:53 AM  Show Profile Send rhineriver1 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It works well with raw linseed oil. I rubb the oil in by hand and let it dry for 24 hours. It's the right way, according the war departments field Manual FM23-7.
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diemaker44
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USA
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Posted - 02/01/2015 :  09:56:47 AM  Show Profile Send diemaker44 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you every one, Jack P than ks for the artical it is very helpful.
I am not sure if i should clean it and re- oil it or just re -oil it.

rhineriver, did you clean yours before rubbing in the oil?
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Tuna
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Posted - 02/02/2015 :  11:21:57 AM  Show Profile Send Tuna a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Cleaning it will not hurt the stock as long as you don't sand it. Once clean then you can rub the raw linseed oil into it. Do a small area at a time to be sure it gets into the wood. Then wipe off any excess.
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diemaker44
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Posted - 02/02/2015 :  12:05:31 PM  Show Profile Send diemaker44 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you Tuna.
what do you recommend cleaning it with? Soap and water I am guessing
so it does not bother the new oil.
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Tuna
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Posted - 02/03/2015 :  9:59:28 PM  Show Profile Send Tuna a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A good mild furniture stripper is what I would use. It will take not only the dirt but the old grease and oil from the surface of the stock. The more you use the deeper it cleans and once you get to where your happy then use the raw linseed oil on it rubbing a small area at a time. You might be surprised at the wood under all of the grim. This would be a good time to steam the stock if you have any dents or dings you want to remove. Once it's cleaned then a damp cloth on the dent and a steam iron blasting steam through the cloth and into the stock will raise most small dents and make then disappear. Large ones will be much smaller then they were. Once dry after a day or two then oil it.

Edited by - Tuna on 02/03/2015 10:05:51 PM
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diemaker44
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Posted - 02/09/2015 :  11:14:38 AM  Show Profile Send diemaker44 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
thanks, that sounds very simple to do.
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