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Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Live in Venango County. Hunting Camp in Warren County
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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