Help with Refinishing a Gun stock

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I have a Shotgun with a gun stock that has a beautiful I believe oil stained finish. They did not put any other finish on it

My concern is that it may wear faster or uneven.

I am thinking of coating it with something like a urethane to give it some durability.

Any recommendations on what to use? No of coats?
Don’t coat it?
What to avoid or what not to do

Appreciate the feedback
 

darkminstrel

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BLO is a common oil stain for stocks. I guess it depends on if you want to alter it or not. Is it a wall hanger or a shooter? My BLO(boiled linseed oil) coated Mosin-Nagant has been out in the weather with me for 4 years and the stock is fine. Plus a fresh coat from time to time only helps it.
 

jbett98

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I use a product called "Daly's Profin". It is the most user friendly and produces the best looking finish. Comes in gloss and satin. I use the satin for a very nice hand rubbed look.
It is available at Woodworking supply houses like Woodcrafters. Make sure to stir the waxy solids at the bottom of the can before using. I rub between coats with 0000 steel wool for a very smooth finish. Below is an excerpt from a supply house I found online.


Daly's Profin is a blend of tung-oil & urethane, so you get the advantages of both components. The tung-oil soaks into the wood, sealing it & adding depth. The urethane stays on the surface, providing protection from use, including moisture. It is a hard-drying, quick setting finish that is easy to apply. It can be brushed, wiped on or sprayed. Use on wood surfaces such as furniture, cabinets, foors, millwork & paneling. It can be used on reasonably protected exterior surfaces, such as a door under a porch.

In general, we recommend the application of 3-4 coats for good protection, depending on how it is being applied. If brushing, 3 coats is adequate. If you spray it on then 4
 
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Thanks for the input

It is not a wall hanger - More hunting. I just want to preserve the look for as long as possible.

I did my double barrel 15 years ago - and it still looks fine. Again a Hunting gun. That makes the gun about 50 years old
But I would like to use a better product on this one
 

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