1/3 Mix Military Gunstock Wax
I am always doing additional research and development in order to improve my
products. Currently, I am even experimenting with my 1/3 Mix to see what can be
done to improve upon it. I am also looking to see if other "formulas" can be
created from the original that might be used in various other applications.
This is an old WWI British stock cleaning recipe that I found somewhere. It's not my first choice
to clean a stock, but if you have one of those REALLY grungy Korean era Garand stocks, it will
cut the crud :). And it should work on other stocks as well.

Typically, you can put this mixture in a 20 oz. water bottle, some disfiguring of the bottle will
occur, but it should be good for quite some time.

4 ounces of De-natured Alcohol
4 ounces of Turpentine
4 ounces of Raw Linseed Oil (I never tried BLO)
and 1 ounce of Ammonia

When using it on the stock, scrub with steel wool or possibly a green scratchy. How dirty the
stock is, will determine how many times you have to use it. Typically, for a M1 Garrand Stock
from Korea - you know the really grungy ones, it will take 2 or 3 "treatments". Wipe the stock
with a disposable rag with Mineral Spirits in between applications. Also, let the stock set for a
day between treatments - you are using Linseed Oil here.
Due to the Linseed Oil, your stock is pretty much "Finished" when you're done cleaning it. A
quick go over with my 1/3 Mix and you'll be done. If you have any questions or suggestions, as
always, feel free to email them to me.
What I'm Doing:
A Stock Cleaner
The Gunstock Doctor
Home of Tom's 1/3 Mix Military Gunstock Wax
Directions for use: This is best apply to a clean gunstock that is
separated from the action. Apply liberally by hand and let sit for 30 to
40 minutes before removing with a clean rag (white shop towels work
great). If you wish to apply multiple coats, you may, check beginning
at about 6 hours after applying by running your hand across the stock
- if it doesn’t show oily on your skin, it is ready for another coat.
Generally, it will take between 6 and 8 hours to properly dry
depending on the atmospheric conditions (temperature, humidity,
etc.) when it was applied.  I usually use 2 or 3 coats depending on the
condition of the wood.
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Sorry Guys, I originally cleaned this with mineral spirits and finished this with what was suppose to be "THE" original
recipe. It ended up so ugly that I couldn't bare to look at it - BTW, the recipe came straight from Switzerland. I had to use
a more aggressive approach to remove that finish which ended up still in the stock (it was REALLY yukie). Left with no
other real option, I completely sanded the previous finish off, mixed some stains to replicate its previous color, applied
two coats of stains and 3 coats of the White Beeswax Mix - there is no other finish on this stock. I hate to say I did this to
this rifle, but it sure came out pretty.
This is a M39 I picked up from WG&A back in the day when they actually sold more than the antique versions of these.
The stock was cleaned with Mineral Spirits (unfortunately sanded in just a few spots where I had to glue some splits)
and 2 coats of the White Beeswax Mix was applied. It's been used quite a bit, so it's probably time for some more.
More Pictures To Come
This is a Birch Stock after refinishing with only the Natural Beeswax Mix. It turned out beautifully. So much so, it may
replace the Walnut stock I have on my Garand now. Notice in the lower picture, the details and color that the wax mix
allowed to come out.
This was my experimental Walnut stock after I finished with my many experiments. It was lightly sanded and finished
only with the Natural Beeswax Mix.
I'm confident you'll love this stuff.
The Natural Beeswax Mix
The White Beeswax Mix
Warning: Boiled Linseed Oil
creates heat when it dries. Cloth, steel
wool and other items have been known
to spontaneously combust when drying.
As a precaution, it is always good to
rinse rags and other items with soapy
water after using with BLO.
I have never
heard of this happening with the mix,
but I always stay on the safe side and
rinse my rags before washing or
disposing of them.
These are my Remington 513Ts that I just received from CMP. The wood was too pretty to leave as received so I felt I had to refinish them.
Here are before, and after pictures of the one on the bottom. I used more than my cleaner to get these clean and finished with
ONLY the
Natural Beeswax Mix. The sun was at a bad angle for the after pictures, I will up-date them as soon as possible. You will be amazed at
how they look in the sunshine.
NO sanding was involved anywhere, the
cartouches are still present.
If I actually wait for a good
sunny day, this may never get
The shine you see on both of these stocks is
caused by the flash from the camera.
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