i have just recently got one of the Chinese SKS type 56 that are being sold by a few online vendors. It is the plain jane wood stock that I am sure came with this military surplus rifle. It has it's share of dings,etc and appears to have been finished at some point with some sort of shellac that is mostly missing. I finished taking it apart and cleaning the majority of the cosmoline out of the metal parts yesterday with mineral spirits and paint brush. I also used the same stuff to clean the inside of the stock of gunked up cosmoline.. I have viewed some of the other online forums and was wondering what my OSA family thought about restoring/cleaning the stock on this rifle. Should I just take some Murphy's wood soap and clean it and then put something like linseed oil or lemon oil on the stock? What do you folks think?