Purdey craftsmen use our unique proprietary ‘Slacum’ oil when finishing the stock of a shotgun or rifle. The process itself takes between six and eight weeks.
To maintain the stock and forend of your shotgun(s) we recommend the following method using boiled linseed oil. This is easy to administer and will protect the stock with a certain level of water-resistance, as well as accentuate the grain.
Find a clean surface to work on and dismantle the shotgun or double rifle into the main components (stock/action, forend and barrels). It is important that you have clean hands, and be sure to wear an apron or similar protective clothing as the oil is extremely sticky.
Apply a very small amount of oil (just enough to cover the tip of your forefinger) onto the stock. Then rub it evenly with the palm of your hand following the grain of the wood. The aim is to have a thin film of oil covering the wood, whilst leaving as little residue on the stock as possible. After application, the stock and forend should be left to dry for at least 24 hours, to allow the wood to absorb the oil completely.
Avoid oiling the chequering on the grip, the butt and the forend because this will fill the chequering and create a ‘gummy’ finish.
PLEASE NOTE: This liquid is extremely flammable. Always read the instructions on the bottle before use.