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This is from the 1960's.  was in my dad's stuff.  used it on my older 870 police.  really brought out the grain and color.  its mostly linseed oil with their secret sauce mixed in,  they still make it the same way as way back.
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Originally posted by devrep devrep wrote:

do you guys ever touch up the oil on your stocks?

When you first get your 'new' Lee Enfield follow this simple rule for maintaining the finish :

Oil it :

Once a day for a week
Once a week for a month
Once a month for a year
once a year thereafter

It is not only done for the 'visual' aspect, but dry wood shrinks, results in loose screws/bolts, plays havoc with your accuracy and also risks splitting the furniture due to movement under recoil.
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yeah, it occurred to me that the loose handguard might be from shrinkage.
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I thought I had read that it was ok to put linseed oil on the hardware. I shall be careful next oil down!
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The shrinkage may well be the problem. Easy fix if it is.
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Originally posted by The Armourer The Armourer wrote:

Originally posted by devrep devrep wrote:

do you guys ever touch up the oil on your stocks?

When you first get your 'new' Lee Enfield follow this simple rule for maintaining the finish :

Oil it :

Once a day for a week
Once a week for a month
Once a month for a year
once a year thereafter

It is not only done for the 'visual' aspect, but dry wood shrinks, results in loose screws/bolts, plays havoc with your accuracy and also risks splitting the furniture due to movement under recoil.

this has always been the regiment i followed , rub it in with soft cloth till you can feel the warmth . 
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Originally posted by A square 10 A square 10 wrote:


this has always been the regiment i followed , rub it in with soft cloth till you can feel the warmth . 

That is good advice for care of your Enfield as well.
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so, after all the advice everyone offered on this weapon and a week of reading and watching youtubes on No. 4 Enfield's, I get to the flea market this morning and the rifle isn't on the table.  I ask if it sold and he says "damn I forgot to grab that one this morning, can you come next wednesday"?

disappointed, I walk down the row and about 10 tables down see another No. 4 lying on a table amongst a bunch of guns.

guess I need to start a new thread.
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Buy it and post more pictures. 
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I'd have asked him If I could put a deposit on the first one to hold it for me. Lamp
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I did buy it.  will start another post.
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I may still check the 1st one out next week but this one, although not WWII was in a lot better shape and all matching numbers.  it does have a major defect though.  he said he bought it from the estate of an 87 year old and his daughter said it was his hunting rifle.  he coated the furniture with a thin layer of shiny ugly poly to protect the wood from the Florida rain and humidity Cry.  this will need to be removed.  I hate that stuff.  

also the vendor sold it to me for 300.00.
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300 is a good price. Cleaning off varnish from the wood is not a big deal. I recently had to do the same on one of my rifles. You will have to remove the wood; then use a good quality paint remover, once all the crap is cleaned off and the wood is dry; start with the linseed oil treatment inside and out. It will come up a treat!
When removing the wood, be careful. When all the bands and trigger guard are removed; you have to remove the fore end at the wrist by pulling downwards. If you pull down at the muzzle end you can damage the recoil lug area.

Before. This rifle had a stained fore end to Walnut. It is actually Beech, with a Walnut butt

During. Varnish removed and wood clean and ready for linseed oil.


Finished and refitted. Using clarified linseed oil (That's basically boiled linseed oil for artist's, it's slightly lighter colour)
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$360 is a pretty high price for a trigger/guard assembly and half of a magazine, in my opinion.
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Originally posted by Zed Zed wrote:

300 is a good price. Cleaning off varnish from the wood is not a big deal. I recently had to do the same on one of my rifles. You will have to remove the wood; then use a good quality paint remover, once all the crap is cleaned off and the wood is dry; start with the linseed oil treatment inside and out. It will come up a treat!
When removing the wood, be careful. When all the bands and trigger guard are removed; you have to remove the fore end at the wrist by pulling downwards. If you pull down at the muzzle end you can damage the recoil lug area.

Before. This rifle had a stained fore end to Walnut. It is actually Beech, with a Walnut butt

During. Varnish removed and wood clean and ready for linseed oil.


Finished and refitted. Using clarified linseed oil (That's basically boiled linseed oil for artist's, it's slightly lighter colour)
thanks Zed, great info.
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