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If you were to have a custom rifle built from scratch, what type of wood would you buy that would make up the stock? What other details would you put into it?

Question by Smitty2804. Uploaded on January 27, 2011

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

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.

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Screwbean Mesquite wood is what I'd pick. It's one tough good lookin wood and makes a fine looking stock!

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/8077

http://www.oldtreegunblanks.com/shotgunblanks.php?woodid=6

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

here's one that's a little over priced.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=213210418

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from 007 wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

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.

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Cgull
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!

Bubba

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

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.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Ya'll must have been looking at an old O'Connor book.

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

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.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

I have my eye on a flintlock with a curly maple stock. It is a pretty little thing.

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Either Royal or Bastogne Walnut would be my choice if money was not an object.

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from Christopher Spangler wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

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.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Sarge,

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!

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

A WINCHESTER model 70/PRE64 feather WT.257 Roberts
Stocked by AL BIESEN, Wood: Fiddle-back French Walnut
with Fieur-de-lis checkering, 26Lpi.

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

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.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

I love the look of a Tiger Maple stock.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

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

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from Ed J wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

The prettiest one I ever saw was a 240 Gibbs with a Birdseye maple stock.

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

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.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

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.

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from chaslee wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

birdseye maple

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from numerouno wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

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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from Treestand wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

A WINCHESTER model 70/PRE64 feather WT.257 Roberts
Stocked by AL BIESEN, Wood: Fiddle-back French Walnut
with Fieur-de-lis checkering, 26Lpi.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

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

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from 007 wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

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.

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Cgull
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!

Bubba

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

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.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Ya'll must have been looking at an old O'Connor book.

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

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.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

I have my eye on a flintlock with a curly maple stock. It is a pretty little thing.

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Either Royal or Bastogne Walnut would be my choice if money was not an object.

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from Christopher Spangler wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

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.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Sarge,

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!

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

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.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

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.

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Screwbean Mesquite wood is what I'd pick. It's one tough good lookin wood and makes a fine looking stock!

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/8077

http://www.oldtreegunblanks.com/shotgunblanks.php?woodid=6

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

here's one that's a little over priced.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=213210418

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

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.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

I love the look of a Tiger Maple stock.

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from Ed J wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

The prettiest one I ever saw was a 240 Gibbs with a Birdseye maple stock.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

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.

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from chaslee wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

birdseye maple

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from numerouno wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

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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