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Restoring & Taming a H&R 10 gauge

I bought this H&R single shot 10 gauge when we went to the Elk Expo this year. it had this homemade camo paint job on it.
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I finished sanding it today and i now have this. i have applied one coat of Min wax natural stain as i wanted the stock to remain a light color and not take a chance on an oil finish darkening the wood as the barrel and receiver are at the shop and will be gun koted in a coyote brown. the stock & Forearm in the photo do not have the stain applied, they are just sanded. the time stamp is wrong and i obviously need a better camera
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you might try linseed oil ,it will bring the color of the wood out nicely
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Bo, True Oil will not darken the wood. Many years ago I did a Savage 110 in .243 for my then young son. Took the factory finish down until I had all of the walnut stain out of the birch stock and finished it with True Oil. It remained a nice blond color.
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its an excellent looking blonde color right now. but thats with the garage lights. i will look at it in the morning in the sunlight.


i used min wax neutral stain. its a very light blonde almost clear stain. i might leave it the shade it is and just buff it. then use a matte helmsman spar urethane to seal it. or can i use oil after i already used the stain ?

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or can i use oil after i already used the stain ?
As long as your stain is oil-based, I'd think it'd be okay to do so.

My experience with Tru-oil differs a bit from loridr's. I rubbed ten coats on a stripped Auto-5 stock a few years back, and the end result was definitely darker than natural... more comparable to Minwax Early American. I've not used BLO much, and not at all on gun stocks, but in my limited experience, it's kept a more natural tone to the wood while "popping" the grain.

I may add that I'd recommend an oil of some kind, over the Helmsman. Oil is super easy to touch up, and less issues with aged finish chipping off down the road.

P.S. Good luck taming that beast. I didn't think anything was more miserable to shoot than a Mossy 835 until I shot the H&R 10. Turns out the 835 wasn't so bad after all.
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As long as your stain is oil-based, I'd think it'd be okay to do so.

My experience with Tru-oil differs a bit from loridr's. I rubbed ten coats on a stripped Auto-5 stock a few years back, and the end result was definitely darker than natural... more comparable to Minwax Early American. I've not used BLO much, and not at all on gun stocks, but in my limited experience, it's kept a more natural tone to the wood while "popping" the grain.

I may add that I'd recommend an oil of some kind, over the Helmsman. Oil is super easy to touch up, and less issues with aged finish chipping off down the road.

P.S. Good luck taming that beast. I didn't think anything was more miserable to shoot than a Mossy 835 until I shot the H&R 10. Turns out the 835 wasn't so bad after all.

I use tru-oil on carvings quite a bit. I think the darkening you had may have been due to applying 10 coats. 4 to 6 coats is about right. If you feel that isn't enough switch to boiled linseed.
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