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Old February 5th, 2011, 08:23 AM   #1
 
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mini 14 woodstock question

guys I just got a new mini 14 ranch...what is the route to go go with on the stock..boiled linseed... or wax



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Boiled linseed oil is the traditional finish for military rifles.

I have a Ranch Mini 14. I stripped down the factory finish, which was polyurethane. Just didn't like the plastic feel of it. It's tough stuff, so it took a lot of effort to remove it. Once the 'poly was removed, I touched up the stock with a wood stain. Then I used boiled linseed oil as the final finish.

It now has a similar finish as one would see on a M1 Garand. And has a much better feel than the original 'poly..

Linseed oil has that advantage that it can be re-applied to renew its look and feel.
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so x a new mini(just bought) has a poly coat from factory..how is the best way to maintain that, wax? The specs say the stock is hardwood do you know what type..ty
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I suggest tongue oil varnish. I think Minwax has it. I put it on my Garands. If you get the satin finish it looks pretty good. No need for the gloss. It' is more waterproof than linseed oil but finishes very similar. Ruger stocks are finished with poly urethane and are very difficult to strip. kwg
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I spilled solvent on my SS Wood ranch. Had to refinish.

1.) Used citrus stripper and white Scotch-Brite pad ) OOOO Steel Wool equivilent). Do not use steel wool.

2.) Rinsed with Citrus stripper rinse, will not raise grain.
Next Day

1.) 50% Boiled lindseed Oil/ 50% Mineral spirits, wipe down the entire stock with a soft cotton cloth, let dry overnight, rub down with new White Scotch-Brite, repeat 4-5 times.

2. Wipe down with Tung Oil Finish using same process as the BLO mixture 4-5 times.

I did not stain after stripping, left a lighter finish that I love.

Maintenace: Rub down with rubbing alcohol and repeat last step wint Tung Oil Finish

I like it so much I did my Iver-Johnson ( not historical) M-1 Carbine.

Best thing, if I want, a light strip and stain and repeat process will give different and maybe better result.
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I just bought a mini today and the previous owner had painted the stock cammo. I was wondering what is the best way to remove it?
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Just bought a new Ranch Rifle last year in blue and wood stock. Notice that the stock looks like inside is stained but no finish. This is the only wood stock rifle I own, and would think I should have some finish on inside as well as out side, especially living on the ocean. Gets humid in the summer, and winter dry from heat. Any thoughts or experience on wood stocks would be appreciated.
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Linseed oil is good but time consuming.
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True Oil is another very good finish.
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I was planning on using Tru Oil. Just wondering is it normal to have the inside not finished? I looked at some videos on stock finishing and they just ignore the inside of the stock. I've dealt with so much rot on rub rails and the like on my old sailboat, I'm just leery of any uncoated wood unless it's teak. Granted, the Mini won't be living in the elements year round. The outer coating of the wood stock is brand new, so I'm leaving that alone. Guess I'll just smear some Tru Oil on the inside of the stock to be on the safe side.
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Always good to put finish on the inside to prevent the wood from absorbing moisture and warping.
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I just bought a mini today and the previous owner had painted the stock cammo. I was wondering what is the best way to remove it?
Try de-natured alcohol. If that does not work try acetone. The factory finish on the wood Mini 14's is very durable. If you want to save it start with the least caustic and move up from there. That is why I suggested de-natured alcohol first. Don't let the alcohol set on the stock too long. Wet a cloth or paper towel and then wife of the paint. If that does not work move to the acetone and do the same thing. Acetone on a rag and then wipe off the paint.

I stripped a Ruger wood stock and finished it with linseed oil several years ago and now it is NOT water resistant and I'm not liking the finish. When it get's warmer this summer I'm going to strip it and put something much tougher on it. Urethane or poly.
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