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    Walnut Stock Problem

    Can anyone please tell me what is going on with my Walnut Stock, When I bought the Rifle (brand new) it was the same colour all over but after a period of time one side has gone really dark as in the pics, I want to refinish it in a nice dark walnut colour anyway but I did not expect it to do it by itself..!
    Am i right in thinking that this is still drying out or is there another explanation, as one side is dark and the other side light i presume this is going to affect the refinishing and staining, i've never seen a stock like this before and im wondering what to do about it.Click image for larger version. 

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    Strange. Looks like only the dark part has been oiled but can't be over oiling of action that's running down one side in the cabinet. Can it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klenchblaize View Post
    Strange. Looks like only the dark part has been oiled but can't be over oiling of action that's running down one side in the cabinet. Can it?

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    I thought something like that but the staining so to speak is not on the inletting just on the outside, its even on the very forend of the stock, its been back to the importers who said its entirely natural and its a product of the piece of walnut the stock was carved from, well if it is its the first entirely natural piece of walnut i have seen like this and im not convinced.
    Not sure how to go about staining it now, not sure what to do full stop to be honest.

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    Its nothing to worry about, Its a natural product and as such can age like it has. It will always be there.
    Pine is white when first sawn but go's yellow/orange in time, your wood is just ageing.

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    I would say that's the natural colour of the grain in the wood not a lot you can do about it apart from trying to stain just the light coloured parts to match the darker piece.

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    It's a beautiful piece of natural wood. Enjoy its unique qualities and DON'T stain it.

    ​Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard S View Post
    It's a beautiful piece of natural wood. Enjoy its unique qualities and DON'T stain it.

    ​Richard
    Exactly!
    It wont shoot differently no matter the colour.I would be worrying more about where the next deer is going to put its scone up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard S View Post
    It's a beautiful piece of natural wood. Enjoy its unique qualities and DON'T stain it.

    ​Richard
    I know what your saying but I wish it was beautiful on BOTH sides and not one.

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    I'd say what you've got here is the by-product of poor stock blank selection by the manufacturer. IMHO, you're looking at a piece of sapwood with only a small amount of heartwood running through it due to the way it's been cut. Often, these cheaper ends would be supplied steamed to darken the sapwood but I'm guessing that's not been the carried out either, so over time you're getting more and more visible discrepancy between the two

    whilst I mean no disrespect, this is a very low end bit of walnut which if for an air rifle would probably be acceptable, but if for a RF or CF would be a considerable no-no.

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    Check out the colour difference on a yew bow

    contrast of heart and sap is very similar
    looks nice IMO leave it as is

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