How to Customize Gunstock With Linseed Oil

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How to Customize Gunstock With Linseed Oil
A rich coloured gunstock finished can be achieved using linseed oil. (rifle image by studio vision 1 from

All hunters and gun enthusiasts take pride in their guns. Many choose to customise their weapons to add a personal touch. One way to customise the gunstock is to refinish it with linseed oil. A gunstock can become worn and lose its polished finish over time. Linseed oil will add a personal touch to the stock, and make it look like new.

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Things you need

  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • 400-grit sandpaper
  • .0000 steel wool
  • Cloths
  • Linseed oil or pre-boiled linseed oil

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  1. 1

    Unload the weapon completely. Visually inspect the weapon to ensure that no live ammunition is present.

  2. 2

    Remove the stock from the weapon. As all gun models vary, consult your owner's manual for stock removal.

  3. 3

    Remove the old finish using 120-grit sandpaper. Ensure that all of the original finish is gone, and that no rough spots are evident. Wipe off the stock with a soft, damp cloth to remove dust.

  4. 4

    Sand the stock using 400-grit sandpaper; continue sanding until the stock is smooth. Feel for any rough spots. Wipe the stock with a soft, damp cloth to remove dust

  5. 5

    Graze over the stock with .0000 steel wool. This will create a light recess, which will help to hold the oil and allow it to penetrate into the wood.

  6. 6

    Boil 2 cups of linseed oil for 10 minutes; allow the oil to cool. You can also buy boiled linseed oil.

  7. 7

    Rub the oil into the stock; use a circular motion. Ensure that the entire stock has been coated. Place the stock in a warm, dry area. Let the oil soak into the gunstock for a few days. Repeat applications until you're satisfied with the finish. Every linseed treatment will produce a richer look.

Tips and warnings

  • You can apply a coating such as carnuba wax or a polyurethane coat after the linseed treatment. This will help to protect the finish.
  • Never attempt maintenance on a loaded firearm.
  • Never point a weapon at anything that you do not intend to shoot or kill.

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