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Caring for a wood stock

#1 Post by Maccabee » Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:42 pm

I have a very nice birch stock and hand guard on my Mini-14 and would like to keep them in good condition for as long as possible.

What to you all recommend for cleaning the interior of the stock and overall care?

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#2 Post by geno » Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:18 pm

Not sure how dirty it might be but unless you got grease or something smeared inside it; I think Mineral Sprits or Turpentine wouldn't hurt the interior, and could always give it a thin coat of tung oil for protection. If your asking about the exterior; how is it finished?
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#3 Post by K9s » Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:27 pm

I usually don't need more than a dry shop rag for the interior. What's in it that has you worried?
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#4 Post by lurker » Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:32 pm

second for turpentine and tung oil, applied sparingly. oops, forgot: boiled linseed oil.
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#5 Post by Maccabee » Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:47 pm

geno wrote:Not sure how dirty it might be but unless you got grease or something smeared inside it; I think Mineral Sprits or Turpentine wouldn't hurt the interior, and could always give it a thin coat of tung oil for protection. If your asking about the exterior; how is it finished?
I’m not really sure how it’s finished, it’s however it comes from the Ruger factory.

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#6 Post by geno » Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:48 pm

Satin or gloss?
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#7 Post by Maccabee » Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:48 pm

K9s wrote:I usually don't need more than a dry shop rag for the interior. What's in it that has you worried?
Mostly just a little carbon buildup and grit. Not really worried, per se, just wondering if there’s more I should do beside wipe it with a rag.

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#8 Post by featureless » Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:49 pm

Turpentine may strip what it's finished with (although recollection says the interior isn't finished). I'd just use a slightly damp rag.

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#9 Post by Maccabee » Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:52 pm

geno wrote:Satin or gloss?
Satin.

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#10 Post by K9s » Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:54 pm

For gritty dust, do you have a way to blow it out with a compressor? Sometimes a rag doesn't always get out that stuff, so blowing on it or a compressor will get it out.
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#11 Post by Maccabee » Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:55 pm

K9s wrote:For gritty dust, do you have a way to blow it out with a compressor? Sometimes a rag doesn't always get out that stuff, so blowing on it or a compressor will get it out.
I do have a small compressor. I’ll give that a try next time.

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#12 Post by geno » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:08 pm

Maccabee wrote:
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:52 pm
geno wrote:Satin or gloss?
Satin.
If I remember right Johnson’s paste wax gives a satin finish, you could also check for waxes with carnuba wax in it but it might be glosser; not sure what brands you might find. If its close to you, you could check Woodcrafters 212 NE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97232, they are one of the better shops for woodworkers, in Portland.
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#13 Post by featureless » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:13 pm

Damn, I need a wood hand guard. That's sharp, Maccabee.

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#14 Post by senorgrand » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:33 pm

Stainless Mini 14? Why clean it at all? :)
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#15 Post by K9s » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:43 pm

Beautiful Mini 14

You took really nice care of that.
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#16 Post by Maccabee » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:55 pm

geno wrote:
Maccabee wrote:
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:52 pm
geno wrote:Satin or gloss?
Satin.
If I remember right Johnson’s paste wax gives a satin finish, you could also check for waxes with carnuba wax in it but it might be glosser; not sure what brands you might find. If its close to you, you could check Woodcrafters 212 NE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97232, they are one of the better shops for woodworkers, in Portland.
Thanks for the tip, I’ll check them out.

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#17 Post by Maccabee » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:55 pm

featureless wrote:Damn, I need a wood hand guard. That's sharp, Maccabee.
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#18 Post by Maccabee » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:59 pm

K9s wrote:Beautiful Mini 14

You took really nice care of that.
It’s a newer model that I bought from Bacchus about 6 months(?) ago. I don’t think it has more than 5-600 rounds through it so far, but I’d like to keep it looking good as I add to that count.

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#19 Post by featureless » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:59 pm

Maccabee wrote:
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:55 pm
featureless wrote:Damn, I need a wood hand guard. That's sharp, Maccabee.
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#20 Post by Maccabee » Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:01 pm

featureless wrote:
Maccabee wrote:
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:55 pm
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Lol, I get it. Hopefully they’ll still be making those hand guards when you’re flush enough again.

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Re: Caring for a wood stock

#21 Post by Maccabee » Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:02 pm

Btw, if anyone has a silver scope they’d like to trade for the black one in the photos, let me know.


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#22 Post by Bacchus » Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:54 pm

Mighty nice looking Mini! :D
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#23 Post by shinzen » Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:22 pm

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#24 Post by shinzen » Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:23 pm

Also, thanks for the reminder on the birch handguard. I need to order one for mine.
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Re: Caring for a wood stock

#25 Post by tonguengroover » Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:43 pm

There isn't much you can do to protect wood from cracking that is varnished besides humidification.
. And no one wants moisture around a gun. Swedish oil will not penetrate varnish or other topical finishes.
If the wood is just stained and oiled that's different.
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