I've never seen us do this here, although I'm sure it's been done. Let's discuss fixing old guns that have value, guns you don't want to look fixed. I'm starting at the only place a have experience, restoring an original finish on an old stock. Restoring is the wrong word, let's call it cleaning. In the last two days I've used techniques I've learned online to clean up two old stocks I wanted kept original. The results are really nice. I wanted to be careful and therefore disregarded some aggressive suggested methods. And I used my Garand stock as a test piece because it's not original. My stocks were not soaked with cosmolene so I didn't have to deal with that. Getting it all out looks pretty simple, but is time consuming. So all I had to do was clean the decades of grime, raise the dents, and apply a protective finish. I started by cleaning with an organic surface cleaner. I used Clorox green works. I didn't worry about getting the wood wet since I'd be streaming it any way. So I used lots of cleaner and scrubbed with the grain aggressively. Constantly turning the rag and using fresh cleaner. It worked very well removing lots of dirt, grime, and foreign oils. When I was satisfied I had it as clean as it would get I steamed it. I used a steam iron on its highest setting. I took a clean rag and got it wet, not dripping, but not rung out either. I folded the rag in half, layed it on the wood, and ironed it for about one minute, until the rag started to dry out and burn some. Rewet the rag and move around the stock until done. That to worked very well at raising the dents, raising the gouges so they are not as deep, and raising the grain of the wood over all. I then set it aside to dry. Next step was to mechanically polish the wood to smooth the raised grain. I used 000 steel wool being aggressive and always with the grain. However I was careful on the edges so I wouldn't rub through the stained finish. This worked real good to. It created a super smooth feel, and a semi gloss just as you would expect with wood worked this way. Last step was to wax it. I read at a Garand site bees wax was used by the Army. But most folks don't used bees wax because it reacts with linseed oil and will yellow with age. I used the same car I've always used, not sure what's in it, but it makes my guns look good. So here is my 116 year old Win 94 stock. It worked. The stocks are clean, smooth, and have a pleasing gloss. Yet all of the character of the original finish wear and all is still there. I'd love to hear stories about how you guys clean up your old guns while maintaining the original finish. Metal techniques would be very interesting. I'd like to do everything I can to clean up the metal on this old Winchester without ruining the originality.