Anyone ever asked this question?
Better yet, anyone ever tried to proof it out?
In a round about way, I have. . .(not really, I just wanted you to roll your eyes a little)
I had a room mate in the Marine's who's father was a home audio nut. When he learned that I had a passive interest in it, he bombarded me with publications about class A home audio components. "Audiophile Magazine" to be specific.
What in the hell does this have to do with guns?
We look towards the good ol record player for the answer (Vinyl rules by the way)
High end turn tables have stylus's that come in basically two types, moving coil and moving magnet. The really expensive ones come with an outer housing made from (drum roll please) high grade English Walnut.
Why wood? Why THAT would more specifically. It seems that walnut has this natural tendency to dampen and isolate vibration/harmonics/frequencies, what ever the appropriate engineering term is. It makes records sound better by shielding outside "corruption" of the mechanical process going on.
Expensive too. Some of these record needles go for 15 or 20 thousand bucks. (sickos!)
So, it got me to thinking. Maybe there is something to the whole wood gun thing. . .
Small bore guns. The wooden stocks when bedded properly always seemed to shoot exceptionally well.
Charles Clark, trusted long time friend and the most obsessive/compulsive/analy retentive person I know.
"The toilet paper must always roll from the top"
Yes, he really said this.
Well, I built his rifle for him. Prior to me fussing with it, it shot well. Good enough to get him through the try outs and world championships in england back in 2003.
Well, we experimented a little during the rebuild. The stock is all synthetic. An Ian Robertson built Warner Prone Stock sold exclusively by Warner Tool Company in NH.
I gutted the entire core of the stock so that I had an egg shell when done. I layed carbon fiber along the entire interior. Kitty haired the stuff so that it was sort of unidirectional and then layed long unbraided strands from one end to the other and down into the grip. you could have used it for a baseball bat at that point.
Next, I took walnut shavings from the stock milling machine and mixed them with an epoxy so that I had something that resembled those oatmeal/chocolate cookie things that Granny and Mom like to make to get us fat.
I pack it in where the bedding is eventually going to go an and allow it to harden.
I mill out my inlet in typical fashion and bed the rifle. Identical to what some of you saw in the bedding photos of one of my other posts.
Get the gun all done and we start testing.
This is the hardest hitting 1000 yard 308 I've ever seen.
I got lucky.
It has shot sub 1/3 minute of angle groups back at the big 1K line. These guns are iron sights too. Don't forget that.
I realize how incredible that sounds, but there is a stack of plot sheets back at the house that he has faxed me from events all over the US. Oregon, Sacramento, Phoenix, Raton NM, Denver, CO, Washington state.
Given the dramatic changes in climate, humidity, temp, and elevation don't seem to have as much influence on the group size either. Not saying it doesn't affect elevation, but once things are clicking, it always seems to shoot.
Is it the bedding? Hell, I don't know, but it sure seems like the little experiment didn't hurt anything.
Obviously, the machine work and what not needed to be right as well.
A photo of the gun is shown below.
Any thoughts or ideas? C'mon fillet me like a trout and tell me I'm full of poop. I don't care. I don't know if it worked or not. I was just glad I didn't ruin anything and have to buy him a new gun! Seriously. . .