Originally Posted by Caribouriver
I found minwax red mahogany stain did a pretty good job of approximating the red shellac finish on mosins. After the stain, I put on about 5 coats of true-oil letting each coat dry overnight and rubbing out with 000 steel wool between coats. The last coat of tru-oil I rubbed out wet using diesel as a lubricant until I had the dull sheen of the old shellac.
That may work OK, except for the diesel smell.