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Old 06-09-2011, 10:46 AM
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Murphy’s Oil Soap on old Stocks?


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I have a couple older guns with stocks that could use a good cleaning. What are your methods for cleaning stocks. I have some of that Murphy’s Oil Soap in a spray bottle I use on furniture and my hardwoods. Would this be ok for stocks?
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Old 06-12-2011, 04:36 PM
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It is most likely oil and crud that the oil has attracted.

Id use Dawn dish soap and HOT water in the slop sink.
You will be surprised at how black the lather is when washed off.
Dry the stock good w/ bath towel when finsished washing.

To answer your question-Murphys wont hurt the stock. Just dont let it get too wet.
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Old 06-13-2011, 03:11 AM
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Murphy's is gentle stuff, and as long as you don't soak the stock in water you won't hurt anything.
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:36 AM
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If you are going to use Murphy's oil, get the stuff not in a sprayer. Wipe it on with a paper towel so that it covers the area you want to clean and use a plastic bristle brush (a firm tooth brush or plastic golf brush will do nicely) and work the oil into a light lather. Use a damp (not soaked) soft cloth to remove everything and the wood will surprise you. But my real recommendation is a good "Wax and Feed" product. Using as much or little of the Wax and Feed as you feel necessary, and the same plastic bristled brush, work it vigorously into the wood until the color changes to a dark brown. Removed it with a dry soft cloth. It may take more than one application but the results are always great and will not do any damage or change the original wood. I recently did a 1954 Remington 722, a 1915 Meriden Model 15, a Marlin 39A, and a 1892 Belgian 16ga. All the stocks had all been pretty much neglected and fouled, and after four applications each, they looked almost showroom new.
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