refinishing gun stock - tru oil or tung oil
i've done a little reading online and it seems the split is 50/50 for which is better. Just looking to see what some of you guys who do this all the time use to finish off your newly stained gun stocks...
I use linseed oil on my wood stocks, but I like the field finsh look.
I have done both on my M1's The linseed oil will give it nice red tint after years of oxidation the Tung oil will have more shine to it...
I've used Tru-oil for years (decades actually) and prefer it to Tung oil. It dries faster and seems to me to be a harder finish. It can be polished to a super high gloss using pumice or rottenstone, or de-glossed to a satin finish with a coarser rubbing compound. I've got some rifles with walnut stocks I finished with tru-oil back in the '80s and they still look great.
I've recently done a couple stock re-finishings with Minwax Wiping Poly, which I like a lot. It dries quickly to a hard finish. You can get lots of coats applied in a short time and then buff it up or dull it down.
I have used both. Both work well.