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    I have a original Springfield 1842 69 cal. musket in working condition. The bore and the lock and all the metal are in good condition for the age. The lock is very sound and works perfectly. The problem is the stock is very dry with a few slight cracks. Is there anything that I can use on the wood to help the dryness and preserve the wood ? Thank you.
    Tommy Vinson

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    Re: What to do about stock

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      Re: What to do about stock

      I would say it would depend on what you are going to do with the gun.

      If the idea is preservation/conservation, you are probably best seeking professional conservation advice.

      If you are going to use the gun, you'd probably be fine rubbing it down with boiled linseed oil. But the oil won't help with cracks and may make future restoration of the stock harder.

      If you want to restore the stock there are professional services that you can Google that appear, from their photos, to do amazing restorative work on firearm stocks with historical value.

      However, another option is to just get a replacement stock from Dunlap and fit the original hardware to it, keeping the original stock for safekeeping.

      Steve
      Steve Sheldon

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        Re: What to do about stock

        I really don't know where the old musket originally came from or where it has been in the last 150 + years. I got it from a friend in Tenn. but he had picked it up in Tenn. but had no historical information on it. I just want to try to do something about the dryness of the wood and maintain the originality of it.
        Last edited by rebelyell; 02-02-2015, 02:17 PM.
        Tommy Vinson

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