I am refinishing the stock and ran in to problem. I have sanded it down and did the final sanding with 1500 grit paper and boy is it smooth! I have thoroughly degreased it and applied some dark walnut stain. The problem is that the wood on both sides of the butt and a small area in front of the magazine wont take the stain as well as the rest of the stock because these areas have very closed grain and are much lighter than the rest of the wood with a more open grain. I have two coats of stain on it now and these areas have darkened some with the second coat but not enough. Should I just keep putting more stain on these areas? It doesnt look too bad but I would like to have it all the same color. Does anyone know what kind of wood was used on these? It sure resembles pine and I was surprised at how light it is. Ive spent hours on this project so any ideas are greatly appreciated. Thanks.