i'm refinishing the stock on my mosin, and because of the spots on the wood i had to stain it darker than i woulda liked. it actually came out way better than i had hoped, so thats a plus. i put 3 coats of poly on it, and the more i put on the more i like it...... so, how many coats would you normally apply? and is there a downside to applying to much? the more i apply the deeper and smoother the stock gets, i just don't want it to go like most of my projects good,good,good,great,utter shit.