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Question by Smitty2804. Uploaded on January 27, 2011
i have a custom .270 wsm. shilen barrel, jewel trigger, model 1999 montana left handed action, synthetic stock, 3.5x10 leupold vari xIII on it.
Screwbean Mesquite wood is what I'd pick. It's one tough good lookin wood and makes a fine looking stock!
here's one that's a little over priced.
My .338-06 is still in the original Ruger synthetic stock (for now) but may well wind up in a synthetic thumb-hole. Being an all weather, I'm not interested in wood.
You're the first one I've heard (besides me) that thinks "Screwbean Mesquite" is an absolutely gorgeous wood! Can only imagine what a blank would cost! Mesquites that size take "lots" of time.
What else would I add?
Roll over cheek piece.
Neidner (sp?) palm swell.
Three round cartridge trap.
Fluer-de-lis checkering format in a super fine pattern. (32 lpi, I think!)
Matte, hand rubbed oil finish!
The Mesquite is slightly more unstable than the San Andreas fault! It can be pretty but nice English will have more grain and color variation and will be more stable. Alas it will crawl as well.
Ya'll must have been looking at an old O'Connor book.
Years ago there was an old gunsmith that built fine custom rifles in my county and his favorite wood was cherry. Some of his stocks were absolutly beautiful. I always thought I would like one in cherry. It would have a palm swell. I would like to have a Sako action and a Sako barrel. It would be in a 300WSM.
I have my eye on a flintlock with a curly maple stock. It is a pretty little thing.
Either Royal or Bastogne Walnut would be my choice if money was not an object.
I like laminate, its cool to look at and for everything I have read, seems to do well for guns. It does good on my rem 700.
I built a Southern Mountain rifle with a curly cherry stock about 10 years ago. I agree cherry is a fine stock wood and is quite hard as well. Carving and inletting that wood was almost like working with aluminum!
A WINCHESTER model 70/PRE64 feather WT.257 Roberts
Stocked by AL BIESEN, Wood: Fiddle-back French Walnut
with Fieur-de-lis checkering, 26Lpi.
New Zealand walnut has very fancy grain and color. It also has a Janka hardness rating of about 1500, as compared with American black walnut rated at about 1000.
I love the look of a Tiger Maple stock.
Mannlicher style thumbhole stock with a beavertail forearm made out of Myrtle with bastogne inlets in the palm swell and forearm. Diamonds and spades fill-in patern checkering and borders 24Lpi as I don't like too tight of checkering. Rollover cheek piece made out of Bubinga laminated into stock. Hand rubbed tonque oil.BAT MB action ,Shilen chrome moly 26" heavy barrel, chambered in 6.5 x 47mm Lapua with a 1-8 twist. I'm saving money now,lol
The prettiest one I ever saw was a 240 Gibbs with a Birdseye maple stock.
Quite a few gunstocks were made back in the 1960's from Yama wood, a fancy tiger tail product that we don't see anymore. Very exotic stuff.
I like walnut but use synthetic too. You can see the one I carved on my profile. Glass/pillar bedded, it shoots as good as anything. If you can get one with nice grain, they make the rifle. In a current custom build I am using a Bell and Carlson synthetic stock from stockysstocks.com. Great form and aluminum mounting block provide exceptional accuracy cheap. I will pay $204 and get exceptional accuracy with little other work required. No pillar bedding needed. I expect to touch up the front of the action bed and first 2 inches of barrel with Accuglass. They have some nice stocks.
Best most accurate rifle is the rare .244 or 6mm. Faster than the common .243, less recoil than .270. This rifle in a high 1:9 turn barrel w/ a Nikon scope & some tiger Yama Wood (Japanese maple wood) right handed Monte Carlo stock is the most sought after large and small game weapon. Its a keeper, hahaha!
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