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Weve all talked about the right stain for our PSL's and shellac for our Mosins, but what do they use on real SVD furniture? It almost looks like an orange shellac.
Just wanted to know if anyone knew how the SVD stocks are finished, thanks!

How do you make your unfinished wood look like this?
 

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I haven't done any staining myself, but I've seen that stain on nagants and other firearms. It had a mix of red mahogany and something else(some oil or somethin) with a satin overcoat. But red mahogany is the closest I've seen to the russian red SVD type stain.

EDIT: I meant people trying to recreate the stain.
 

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No, red mahogany wasn't used. It was probably similar to the Mosin Nagant finish which used boiled linseed oil tinted with a red oxide, hematite, pigment rubbed into the bare stock and then coated with a garnet shellac. The SVD's that came much later probably, by that time, the Russians switched to a more commercial type varnish top coat. Post a closeup pic of the stock and I'll try to identify it.
 
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