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Vandy58 10-14-2011 08:55 PM

I want some of this but I just purchased a new lighter stock that I should be getting soon. I know it is a usgi Springfield post war, did the only use the walnut? How can you tell what kind of wood it is (I know is is a noob question) and finally how do I take the old stain off?

USSR 10-19-2011 06:30 AM

Hi Vandy58,

If it's a USGI post war stock, it could be walnut or birch. Kind of hard to describe in words the two woods, so I would suggest you do some searching for images on this site and with Google, looking for pictures of the two types of wood stocks. Note: birch does not take any stain well, and the best way to approach it is to apply a light stain to it, and after it dries, apply additional stain to only the "light" portions of the stock. There are numerous methods used to get a stock down to the bare wood. I like to start out by warming up the stock (I place mine near a wood stove) which will cause oil in the stock to come to the surface where it can be wiped off. I usually follow this up with placing a wet cloth on the stock and pressing a hot iron it. This also has the benefit of raising the grain and removing small dents in the wood. Hope that helps.


Vandy58 10-19-2011 10:56 AM

Thanks don, when I get the stock I will be placing an order!!!

rtm16 10-21-2011 04:54 PM

hi don pm sent

USSR 10-21-2011 06:59 PM

Got your email and replied back at you. Thanks for your business, rtm16.


garandfan1971 11-25-2011 05:45 PM

Stock Stain
I find that Crud Cutter from Lowe's or Home Depot works well on cleaning stocks.

USSR 12-02-2011 11:52 AM

Thanks for that tip, garandfan1971.


tony1970 12-10-2011 06:27 PM

USSR Stain worked great on my SMLE NO1 Mk3* walnut stock. I would recommend this to anyone refinishing a service rifle stock.

USSR 12-16-2011 07:52 PM


Thanks for your kind words, and glad it worked well for you.


USSR 12-23-2011 08:13 PM

Merry Christmas, and thanks to all of you who have found this stain to your liking.


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