decided I really really didn't like the pale look of the stock. really it was hideous. still planning on designing a new one that I am more comfortable customizing. I bought one of those Birchwood Casey stock staining kits. really just followed the directions so no sense in giving ya'll a tutorial about it.
this is just a walnut color, I guess its a black walnut or something. took a nice bright sunny day to show off the color, any other sort of lighting was just too dark.
in a couple days after the tru oil hardens a bit more I get to do some polishing and then I'll throw it back on the rifle.