Question: Removing oil from gun stock

Question: Removing oil from gun stock

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    Question: Removing oil from gun stock

    While on vacation I bought a couple M-1 Garands, and after firing one of them I noticed lots of oil coming out of the forearm and upper hand guard from the heat of the barrel. On other rifles I have heated up the wood and applied cornstarch to soak up the oil and clean the stock. Does anyone now of a quicker and cleaner way to remove excessive oil from a rifle stock?
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    You might try a brown paper bag and heat (like a blow drier).

    I've never tried it on a gun stock but it worked on my kitchen table to get oil residue out of it (it also worked to get some oil out of the carpet). Except on the table I used an iron, which for a flat surface works well but for a rounded stock a blow drier might be better.

    You have to get good pressure though so you might think about paper towels instead of a paper bag.

    Wrap a couple paper towels around the stock with rubber bands to get good pressure, blow dry, and then let gravity and pressure do the rest.

    (Remember, this is theory based on getting oil out of my kitchen table so feel free to ignore the advice.. )

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    Are you panning on refinishing it?

    A high lye content soap might work nicely.

    If the oil has been there for a while, you might be SOL. I'd just chalk it up to old character in a good gun.

    Good luck.

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    I've done quite a few M44 Stocks and what I've done is take everything apart, put your oven on to warm or the lowest setting, put some tin foil or a worn cookie sheet (don't use for cookies again) and let it warm up.

    The cosomline (sp) will sweat out of the grain. Just wipe it down when it comes to the surface. If the wood gets too hot, take it out. You don't want it to catch fire.

    Best used when the wife is out cause it will stink up the house.

    Or, put it in a black garbage bag the put it out in the sun for a while.

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    This is an old time product.
    OLD FASHIONED WHITING at Brownells

    I have also heard of folks using oven cleaner. I'd be afraid of that myself but some folks do it.

    Michael

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I think the Whiting will be the best bet and will order it.
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