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Old 08-27-2008, 10:20 AM
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Woods for Stocks

Again a newbie question. Why are most stocks made from Walnut. I have a buddy who is going to build me a new stock for my Marlin 336 and I was wondering what all kinds of wood are good for stock making.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:19 PM
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Re: Woods for Stocks

walnut is used because it fullfills the most common properties needed for a stock. it is strong for its weight, pleasing to the eye, easy to work, and it used to be readily available and inexpensive. walnut is never a bad choice but maple, cherry, birch,have been somewhat popular at a time.
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Old 08-27-2008, 02:41 PM
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Re: Woods for Stocks

Good enough answer. Thanks
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Old 08-27-2008, 02:52 PM
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Re: Woods for Stocks

Hey why not be different----a little exotic but just about the toughest and most stable of all the natural woods.

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Old 08-27-2008, 10:52 PM
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Re: Woods for Stocks

BH, many thanks for the link. I've never seen a better website for gun wood.

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