As I said above, just because a military did something doesn't mean it's the right thing to do. They also dunked those rifles, stock in all, into barrels of gasoline as a way to remove cosmoline. While the manuals may say that's the reason they used linseed oil, but the fact of the matter they didn't give a shit about the rifle stock ever lasting even 20 years. They had piles of them warehoused to replace them.Martin 08 and Richard in Ny: those rifles you covet were maintained in the military with a wood finish and in the case of US and British rifles, linseed oil was used to keep wood in top condition.
So, the application of linseed oil to wood is not harmful whatsoever...if it were, your collections of wood stock rifles would be decaying wood.
I can tell the difference between a stock that has been slathered in lineseed oil and one that hasn't. There has to be hundreds of before and after pictures on this very site! Everyone is proud to show how the appearance of their stock changed, because they think it look prettier than it did before, but then they deny that a change in appearance happened. You can't have both!Now you lads can do as you please with wood and metal but I clean and preserve the metal and wood on my rifles and I shoot every blessed one of them. Nothing has changed on my rifles and they are in top condition.
The rifle already has a finish....why does it need more of a finish?Fact is: if your rifles go out in the elements, the wood needs a finish ..even Finn rifles.
Studies have found that leather also is preserved from a stable environment. They also found that such treatments may make the leather more usable, but in the end hasten it's destruction.Retired safe queens likely need one treatment, which I think was the topic, and those still used and out in the elements may need another treatment. That is surely true with leather, probably so with wood.
You haven't posted anything that constantly adding linseed oil is needed. I would love to see some actual scientific data that claims that! I've seen curator periodicals stating the opposite, but alas, I can't find them now. It's nearly impossible to find anything on it as there as everything is advertisements and forum posts.Very well put old sport, and I agree entirely!
Using exclamation marks doesn't add or take away from the fact that linseed oil works well on stocks, and Has done for hundreds of years.
All the Best,
You haven't posted anything that constantly adding linseed oil is needed. I would love to see some actual scientific data that claims that! I've seen curator periodicals stating the opposite, but alas, I can't find them now. It's nearly impossible to find anything on it as there as everything is advertisements and forum posts.
Again, I would love to see some actual scientific data. The finish actually is just on the surface. It doesn't get soaked into the wood. Cut a stock in half if you don't believe me. You'll see a ring right around the top millimeter or two.Disso,
Maybe just look up "London Finish".
This finish is for high end sporting guns, Not for military pieces, but the wood is still wood, and the linseed oil is still linseed.
In the above, the oil is slathered on hand hot , all it will soak up. The finish after it is completed, is In the wood, No built-up on the surface. (Lots of folks do the Linseed wrong)
If you can't find "London Finish" I will write it out for you in a PM if you like.
All the very best,
PS, Re. leather not needing anything;
That is downright silly unless it is only going to sit and never be used.
Disso,Again, I would love to see some actual scientific data. The finish actually is just on the surface. It doesn't get soaked into the wood. Cut a stock in half if you don't believe me. You'll see a ring right around the top millimeter or two.
As for the leather...why would you be using 100 year old leather? Again, such conditioners do make the leather more usable, but hasten it's destruction.
I'd like to hear what people are doing to clean up their guns without destroying it's value. I'd like to clean my collection. I just don't want to trash anything and I'm not familiar with any methods or safe chemicals. Also, how do you steam out the dents? Thanks.
You mean science? Many professionals have done tests. People who actually care about the stuff they have and want people to see it 300 years from now . And their findings are easily replicated. Sand the top layer off wood off of a stock and it's not the same color as the top layer. Leather conditioners do make the leather more usable, but they oxidize and harden over time, causing the leather to become even stiffer and brittle. Ignoramuses also include those that think they know what they are doing, but don't.