That is going to be sooooo much fun. Do you have a specific bullet in mind?
That, is a beauty. Oil for the stock? Linseed or Tung?
Use Lin-Speed. It is an extra-thick form of BLO. It does the job in less time. A little heat can ease the drying/curing time; the extra thickness slows drying. Read the reviews on the Amazon page for extra tips/tricks, etc.
One drop, hand rubbed to generate friction heat and allow it to spread more, then some warmth (not necessarily heat) during the drying curing.
Another trick, when starting out, wet sand the stock with 120 grit and Lin-Speed. the dust generated becomes a grain filler that does not in any way impede the view of the wood grain. The process forms something that looks a bit like mud. Leave it standing on the surface and allow it to dry/cure thoroughly. Then cut it down with more 120 grit and Lin-Speed. The grain will fill ever so much faster.
This is what I used in The Corps back in 1966 on my M-14 stock.
During final inspection before Embarkation for 'Nam; Gen. 'Brute' Krulak grabbed my rifle, commented very favorably on it, asked me what I used (I lied, and said, "Raw linseed oil, Sir!"; the only thing I could say without encountering a reprimand, I'd been a baaad boy.), and the Company Commander promoted me on the spot after the formation to Lance Corporal. So don't rat me out...
After the formation, I was directed to sand it all down to a dull finish, to prevent reflection and becoming a more tempting target.
So I have good reason to recommend it, and it's even period-correct for that M-40 Clone.
That stock looks like it has some really nice figure in it. Cant wait to see it finished.
It's fully bedded.Is your rifle bedded? I was thinking those groups might shrink up if the rifle was bedded, and or pillered.
Just a thought.
What bullet weight?It's fully bedded.
Those groups will shrink up just fine if I shoot a load tailored for it not my 16 inch carbine which is what that ammo was made for.
I think it's a little anemic at 22.9 of 8208XBR, and let's not forget the barrel has all of 50 rounds or so through it. It will be a different gun at 200 rounds.