Gone Outdoors

How to Clean a Rifle Stock

by Linda Batey

Ownership of a rifle demands that you take good care of it. Guns are a large investment and worth keeping it clean and in good repair. Perhaps you are the recipient of a treasured handed down rifle and find that the rifle stock is dull looking. Making it look like new is not difficult and will give you pride in the weapon for many years.

Cleaning the Stock

Make sure that the rifle is not loaded when you begin. Double check the chamber.

Cleaning any carved areas on the stock should be done first. Spray the ends of cotton swabs with Windex (or vinegar) and work them into the crevices on the stock of the rifle.

Dampen a clean cloth with Windex or vinegar. Run the cloth over the stock of the rifle to remove oils and dirt from normal use. If the stock is very dirty, repeat the process with another clean cloth until there is no more dirt on the cloth.

Spray a small amount of furniture polish on a clean cloth and polish the rifle stock and make sure to distribute it evenly and wipe off any excess.

For Tougher Cleaning of the Stock

Apply a small amount of G96 Hi-Speed Linseed Oil onto a clean rag and rub it into the stock, doing a small area at a time.

Rub it in and let it set for a few minutes before wiping it off. This product, which has a high proportion of drying characteristics, fills in scratches and leaves the stock looking a great deal better.

Examine the stock after treating it with the Hi-Speed Linseed. A second application may be required.

Items you will need
  • Soft cloths or rags
  • Cotton swabs
  • Windex or vinegar
  • Furniture polish

Tip

  • To keep the stock of your rifle dirt and dust free, run a used dryer sheet over it often and keep your rifle in a gun cabinet.

Photo Credits

  • Photo by Linda Batey