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Welcome to G&G!
There are a few of us that are 'into' the old bolt shotguns.
I have found that the light birch wood like yours has usually respond best to water-based stain, like Birchwood-Casey. This is available from Brownell's catalog and website, and I have sometimes lucked up on it at some gunshops.
Wal-Mart type stores carry only the oil and polyurethane stain finishes - not good for guns! Birch will often go blotchy with those finishes.
Once stained, rub on several thin coats of Tung Oil Finish. I don't care for the super-shiny polyurethane coatings on older guns.
We look forward to seeing the finished project soon! :)
 

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I should probably check into that. I put a couple coats of tru oil on it today after I finished sanding it and it just isn't dark enough. I have some walnut oil that I was going to put on there to darken it but from what your saying it sounds like its going to turn out bad.
 
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