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I recently purchased an M1 Garand from CMP it has a new stock finished with linseed oil and I want to refinish it with wipe on Poly, what do I need to do to prep it for refinishing?

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I would stay with the linseed oil, IMHO. Keep in mind that you can hurt the value of any firearm by altering it from the original finish, both wood and metal. I found this the hard way.
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+1...I also think you will not be able to extract all the oil soaked into the grain and will not allow poly to bond properly. Will likely peel and fog over time...
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there are ways to extract BLO, but don't go there!

keep it as is, BLO is the proper finish for the Garand, and most other military rifle stocks...you'll wreck the value by doing other finishes as knothead mentioned...
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I would stay with the linseed oil, IMHO. Keep in mind that you can hurt the value of any firearm by altering it from the original finish, both wood and metal. I found this the hard way.
I would leave it alone. In any case you can clean it up by steaming out the dents and reapplying BLO. If you do any sanding at all be careful not to sand the cartouches stamped into the stock. They are the arsenal and inspection stamps. They are important to the value. They may be barely visible so look before you miss them and destroy them.

What did you get? Mine came back in the early 90's after over a year of waiting (Desert Storm had just started). When it finally came it was an unissued Harvester, all original and pristine. All it had was storage dings on the stock. With a little tuning it shot like a dream and saw many DCM matches. I preferred shooting this over a Springfield M1A National Match I was previously using.

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I'd leave it alone. I doubt than sanding is going to help much and I bet that oil is pretty deep in the stock and agree that will mess up your poly finish as time goes on. The value is already lost if the stock isn't original, in which case some refinishing isn't such a big deal. Are you going to hunt with this thing?
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I agree with all the above post. A couble of thing you might do to make it look a little better is apply floor wax or use lemon oil. I have done this many times to give the stock a little sheen. For a fast and easy way top on gun stocks, many times I use Deft lacquer in a rattle can. It comes in satin, semi gloss, and gloss. For a lot more info on refinishing gun stocks go to the link below.

Stocks: Making, Repairing, Refinishing, Modifying, and Bedding - RimfireCentral.com Forums

Also I have used this method several times. I know it sounds crazy but it works.

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You could also use pure tung oil for better water repellency but definitely stay with a true oil. They are just too easy to touch up and are the correct finish for the gun.

I got a nice one from CMP and it came in a new birch stock with a horrid orange stained finish. I stripped and sanded, then used Fiebings medium brown leather dye and pure tung oil. Looks much better but I think I'm going to have to do it again because that orange seems like it is coming back!
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Stick with BLO- that is what the military used to keep the stock up-to-par plus it acts as a water repellant. You have to remember that a rifle this old will have multiple applications of BLO. It would be almost impossible to remove it completely. I recommend you stick with the original BLO application.
Shadowrider, never seen a military rifle with a birch stock. You might do some research as to why the deviation from walnut. My service rifle was plastic- made by Mattel. Basically, IMHO, it was a piece of XXXX! Not wanting to start a debate but I could never understand why Uncle Sam quit issuing the .30 rifles.

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