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    How to darken a ramrod?

    I have an oak ramrod from TOW that's stained what I call red oak. I need to darken it to match a TC walnut stock a little better. Is there an easy way to darken it without totally refinishing it?

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    Dark Brown leather stain from Michaels craft store? Maybe too dark? Try little spot near end hid in stock.

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    Leather dye will work, assuming the ramrod isn't too oily. I use ferric nitrate on new rods to darken them. You would do yourself a favor to find a split hickory ramrod if you want it to last.
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    If you're patient enough, and your RR doesn't split during use (why it's recommended a RR be made by splitting wood ILO turning one like a dowel), it should darken naturally from use.

    Although YMMV, I always allow my RR's and brass stock furniture darken into an aged patina, much preferring the patina to a shiny gloss.

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    I need to darken it to match a TC walnut stock a little better.
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    My bad, it is a hickory rod, but it's somewhat red in color from their stain. I'll try the leather stain. Thanks y'all.

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    Give it a good wet Acetone bath first.

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    Are you sure it's oak - my guess it's hickory . . . .

    a leather dye is a good suggestion if you're trying to match the stock color . . .

    On a good straight grain hickory ramrod, if I wanted it darkened up for one of my rifle builds, I would take a propane torch and gently darken it with the flame - not scorch it. Then I would rub in a number of coats of BLO.

    I have also used an old-timer's suggestion that was at one time printed in the Dixie Gun Works Catalog back in the early 60s. Soak the ramrod in coal oil. It won't darken a hickory ramrod but it will certainly provide a durable finish. Once I hd a rifle built and the ramrod fitted, I would just slide it in to a 4' length of 1 1/2 PVC Schedule 40 capped on one end - putin the ramrod and fill the PVC up with coal oil and slide a cap on the top end and lean up in a corner in the shop. Let it sit for a few weeks and then rub down with steel wool and more coal-oil followed by sitting aside to dry - optional coat of BLO thinned down with "real" turpentine. That process gives the hickory ramrod a nice "patina" but it's not going to match a stained stock.

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    Go shoot with it.

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    I like to burn my ramrod over a candle flame and make it have a little more detail.
    Sort of like a Candle Camo pattern.

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    you should have black walnuts there try the husk

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    Wood stain, naturally - use some coffee, or perhaps some tea. Tea tends to be a bit on the red side. Coffee works good, fresh or stale. Sumac bark or walnut or hickory nut husks - chopped up and soaked makes good stain too, and is very traditional. 10
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    A torch works wonders.

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