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I am planning on using my M1A out in the elements quite a bit and am concerned about the long term effects of water and humidity on the stock. Should I be
? What would you recommend in a synthetic that is drop in and not hideously expensive?
 

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There's a couple of vendors out there. Most notably Fred's M14 Stocks. Sometimes, they'll need a little clean up work.
 

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For heavy use in rain/snow/humidity USGI fiberglass is your best bet.

IF you want to stay with wood, I'd highly suggest sealing it with Tru-oil.
 

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Make your stock like a Corvette

Wrap its ass in fiberglass!

Look up wood encapsulation.

No crappy fiberglass stock here, wood wrapped in resin.

What a concept

Some been building boats like this for decades
 

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I put up to ten coats of tung oil to seal the wood from the elements.
 

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I've shot in some heavy downpours and never had a problem. I use polyurethane on the inside and under the buttplate and tung oil on the outside. Same with my Model70
 
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