I just got another rifle - a little .22LR Anschutz 1416 D HB thumbhole. I like a dark stock. I love the look of the one on the Anschutz website. See attached.
Apparently the ordered rifle came in with a very light stock and so I paid a little extra and waited a lot longer for the stock to be stained and oiled. It's arrived and .... appears to be varnished and the vanish has already chipped in a couple of places. I'm a bit miffed. Yes, it's just a little rabbit gun but it could be a gorgeous one if done properly. I appreciate the fact that a gunsmith might not make it the labour of love I might prefer.
So...I'm thinking of stripping the varnish/sealant/whatever and doing things myself. But I'm worried about cocking it all up. I've read a decent amount about the required process (here and elsewhere) but what's the best way to get the colour of the attached pic? I've used CCL gunstock oil on my shotguns but the colour is different.
Any guidance appreciated.