exhibition grade wood gunstock blanks

This is a discussion on exhibition grade wood gunstock blanks within the DIY forums, part of the Sniping Related category; I've been treating myself to an education about wooden stocks. If you have any interest in this at all you owe it to yourself to ...

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    exhibition grade wood gunstock blanks

    I've been treating myself to an education about wooden stocks.
    If you have any interest in this at all you owe it to yourself
    to google "gun stock blanks".

    Bastogne Walnut seems to be among the best candidates
    to stock a heavy-recoil rifle.
    It's a natural hybrid of English Walnut and some other European walnut.
    Apparantly the aesthetic qualities vary a lot from tree to tree,
    but it's very heavy, very dense.
    Here's a quote from http://www.dressels.com :

    Bastogne is a true act of nature, a pollinated cross
    between California seedling or Grafted English and
    California Black or Claro Walnut
    and or any thin shelled and thick shelled species.
    It is nothing more or less than a mule.
    The trees do not even bloom,
    let alone produce any fruit.

    Here's what a $1500 Bastogne blank looks like:

    It's two sides of the same blank. When the cool pattern shows on both sides it raises the value substantially. Here's another:

    Moving into the $2000 range of Bastogne Walnut blanks:

    Or, for $2500 you buy a whole slab of high-grade Claro Walnut...but it's not as heavy.
    "If you hold a cat by the tail, you learn things you couldn't learn otherwise" -Mark Twain

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    Ever checkout bullberry.com? They have some beautiful stocks on there, just thought you might be interested.
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