T/C Hawken Stock

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tryinhard

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Hello! I'm wanting to restock my Hawken with a curly maple stock. I don't have a lot of experience but I feel I have enough to do this project. Track doesn't have their fancy maple stock in stock. Is there another place that offers an inletted & pre-carved stock like Track offers? Thanks!
 

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Ok. I've got a stock ordered. Is there an alternative to aqua fortis to drawing the figure out of a maple stock?
 

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Using lye water to increase the contrast between the stripes and the areas between them will improve the looks of the finished stock. This works with either aqua fortis or with alcohol based stains.

I learned long ago not to use oil based stains on stocks. They are almost impossible to adjust the color on after the oil has saturated the wood.
That is why, on these Pecatonica River stocks, I used either water based or alcohol based stains.

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Zonie, do you use anything over the stain?
Yes.
The stain only colors the wood. It does not protect it so, I use Birchwood Casey Tru Oil on all of those guns.
The number of coats varies but it usually ranges from 12 to 15 coats to build up some thickness.
 
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