I am refinishing the stock of my very first rifle, a sporterized 96 Swedish Mauser. I took the rubber buttpad off of the rifle (which, I swear, Bubba had painted red with a paintbrush) and there are three holes drilled into the butt. Each is ½ inch by 5 inches deep. I'm in the process of stripping it, and plan to use linseed oil to finish it. My understanding is that the linseed oil is supposed to be on every bit of wood in order keep moisture from warping the wood at all. Do I fill the holes with wood putty, and linseed over it? Should I pour linseed oil into the holes, then pour it out every time I oil it? Can I fill the holes with silicone caulk, then wood putty, then linseed oil? They will be covered by the buttpad, so the seal does not need to look nice. Please help a rookie!
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