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Old 06-15-2021, 09:15 AM
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I just received my first M1, and I am really impressed with it. I have a question, though, about cleaning the stock. The stock is in good shape, a little discoloring here and there, along with nicks/cuts, but I don't mind this as it adds to the character of the rifle. I did notice a somewhat sticky/tacky feel to it, not the smooth finish I would normally expect from a wood stock. Is this normal? I don't think it needs to be stained or colored again, maybe just a wash or wipe down to take away the sticky. What would you recommend? I've been reading on the forums about using Murphy's or Purple power. Any help with this would be appreciative. I'm used to dealing with "plastic" M16/M4's/M249's from my Army days, so this is new to me.




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Old 06-15-2021, 09:25 AM
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Purple Power is good stuff if you want to strip the stock....too aggressive for just a cleaning. Take some mineral spirits on a paper towel first and wipe it down and then take a fresh paper towel to wipe off the excess. This should clean the surface and won't take away the coloring and would make the stock ready for a BLO or tung oil application.
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Old 06-17-2021, 07:02 AM
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that stock looks in great shape. I'd take OOOO ateek wool and and BLO/mineral spirit mix and scub it down. then buff with a cloth. Put it in the sun and you'll probably see oil oozing from it. Just keep wiping it down.
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Old 06-17-2021, 09:55 AM
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Purple Power will strip all the oils out of the stock. Very bad idea! I have never looked at Murphy’s soap.

I use turpentine diluted 50/50 with Boiled Linseed oil (same idea and alternative to mineral spirits advise above post) That will clean the stock and even out the color without being too harsh. You can use a green scotch brute pad as a replacement for steel wool as most steel wool these days is just compressed metal shavings and it will flake pieces that can end up in any stock imperfections. Obviously any steel wool left in the wood will cause further issues later and scotch bright pads are easy to find.

Your stock looks really good so be cautious not to harm it. The wrong stuff will suck the color right out of her and you will be back to staining and refinishing.

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Old 06-17-2021, 10:00 AM
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If you follow the above method I would suggest letting it sit for about 30 min. and then wipe off any excess that might/will remain.
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Old 06-17-2021, 10:15 AM
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If you follow the above method I would suggest letting it sit for about 30 min. and then wipe off any excess that might/will remain.
Thanks, yes use a rag and wipe off after 30 min and let dry. You can do it multiple times to remove excess dirt in stages and wiping will prevent the sticky surface from excess BOL on the surface of the stock.
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Old 06-18-2021, 08:03 AM
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I would clean that stock with some degreaser and throw a few coats of stock wax on it.
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Old 06-18-2021, 08:10 AM
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Does it have any cartouches? If no I would strip with purple power, stain with USSR and rub on many coats of BLO/Turpentine. Lots of people get hung up on the treatment of these stocks, but I'm of the opinion if its a plain jane replacement stock you can make it look great and potentially add to its value.
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Old 06-18-2021, 08:55 AM
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Does it have any cartouches? If no I would strip with purple power, stain with USSR and rub on many coats of BLO/Turpentine. Lots of people get hung up on the treatment of these stocks, but I'm of the opinion if its a plain jane replacement stock you can make it look great and potentially add to its value.
Please forgive my obvious ignorance but what is "USSR" and how may one obtain it?
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Old 06-18-2021, 09:00 AM
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I use mineral spirits on cheese cloth which can be found in most paint stores to clean sticky stocks. I do this several times until no longer sticky and then apply Pure Tung Oil in a 50/50 mix with turpentine and wipe off after 30 min. as Quarterbore and Shomway have suggested. I would never use steel wool but have occasionally used Scotch bright pads for a stock with a heavy build up of old oils that look like varnish. This method will not remove the wonderful coloring hat has come to distinguish USGI stocks.
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