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New rifle today 375 RUM in a 700 BDL - Best way to seal wood stock?

 
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Old 03-04-2007, 01:13 AM
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New rifle today 375 RUM in a 700 BDL - Best way to seal wood stock?

This 375 RUM looks like it will be a keeper. Manufactured in 2001, never fired after it left the factory. Very nice English walnut stock.

I normally use synthetic stocks because of the very wet rough weather that I often hunt in. This was such a nice looking rifle, I could not pass it up. I plan to seal the stock real well to minimize moisture absorbsion and change in point of impact.

Of course the Remington stock is well sealed on the exterior but I want to seal the cut checkering and the inside of the stock. Any suggestions on products to use and methods would be greatly appreciated.

Also, pet loads for the 260 Gr Nosler Accubond and the 300 Gr Sierra Game King would be helpful.

Thanks!

Dean
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Old 03-04-2007, 05:42 AM
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Re: New rifle today 375 RUM in a 700 BDL - Best way to seal wood stock

Polyurathane.

Brush it inside liberally, and put several coats.

For the checkering, cut it 50% with mineral spirits and brush it in and soak it... keep it soaked for 5 or 10 minutes, applying more when necessary.

Then wipe the extra off so there is no "loose" poly that has not soaked in... let it dry for 48 hours.

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Old 03-04-2007, 11:52 AM
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Re: New rifle today 375 RUM in a 700 BDL - Best way to seal wood stock

I would sand the factory finish off and start fresh inside and out to make sure you get a well stabelized stock. Properly sealed, it can be every bit as weather stable as a synthetic.

Sand the whole thing down to bare wood. Be careful not to alter any dimensions you don't want changed, and be careful not to round off any angles or lines.

Now, you are going to need a LOT of true oil for this. Buying enough is expensive, but worth it.

Use 1 part thinner and 1 part true oil, to thin the oil finish. Boil this soloution, and soak the stock in the boiling soloution for 2-3 full minutes before taking it out and allowing to air dry.

This gets the oil very deep into the wood.

Next, sand the stock (except for the chekered area) with very fine steel wool to help cut off the whickers the boiling will raise.

Now, use the true oil as directed (or by another favorite method if you have any) as if you had not done the boiling step. Make sure you seal the pores very effectively, inside and out.

Glass bed every portion of the wood that will not be on the exterior. Even if you float the barrell, use acraglas or similar bedding in the barrel channel. This stuff is gtreat for sealing up any nonexposed area. Don't forget under the buttplate or recoil pad, and don't forget under the gripcap.

Once the glass has cured, use an epoxy (not a poly) finish OVER the oil finish. If you don't like the high gloss of the epoxy, you can knock that glossy look down with some 1000 or 800 grit paper and have a semi gloss, satin, or matte finish.

Make sure you mask off the checkering, and use a thinned poly finish brushed into the checkering. You just can't get the poly into the checkering without ruining it.

Finished and sealed in such a way, this stock shouldn't ever move on you, regardless of temperature or humidity variations. There's just nowhere for water vapor to enter or leave, and so the wood cannot expand or contract.
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Re: New rifle today 375 RUM in a 700 BDL - Best way to seal wood stock

Boil this soloution, and soak the stock in the boiling soloution for 2-3 full minutes before taking it out and allowing to air dry.

this sounds like a fun thing to do with mom's cookware!
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:35 PM
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Re: New rifle today 375 RUM in a 700 BDL - Best way to seal wood stock

MY oh my, feeling suicidal?

Seriously though, cut some stovepipe open and bend up the sides, and you have a servicable vat large enough for this operation. Not perfect, but it'll get the job done without sacrificing the results.
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