American Walnut – This wood comes from the species Juglans Nigra, Juglans Hindsii, It is a very stable dense wood with colors that range medium red to a rich chocolate brown. The highly figured blanks are typically either Feather Crotch or Fiddleback. American Walnut was the wood of choice on most American made traditional guns.
Bastogne Walnut – This is a rare hybrid cross between the Claro Walnut and the English Walnut tree. It is grown in the western United States and the wood tends to have a mixture of the colors from both trees. This is a very dense wood usually being slightly heavier than the other Walnuts. Bastogne Walnut is a hard wood with tight pores and an have beautiful figure, predominatley fiddle back. It is known to be a favorite of the custom rifle makers for the magnum caliber rifles.
Claro Walnut – This wood comes from the species “Juglans California” which is very similar to American Walnut. These trees are native to California and typically have more contrasting red and brown than the American Walnut, keeping similar grain patterns. Claro is typically softer than American Walnut and the grain can include a spectcular shimmering figure.
English Walnut – This wood comes from the species “Juglans Regia” that originated in Iran, it is also commonly referred to as “French,” “Circassian,” and “Turkish.” The English Walnut we provide comes from Northern California and is is a very dense stable wood with dark brown to black mineral lines and high contrasting honey color. English was typically always used by the finest European gunmakers.
Maple – This is a lightweight yet dense wood that has been a long time favorite for gunstocks. It is a light colored wood with several desirable grain patterns including Fiddleback, Shell Flame, Quilted, Burl, Curly, and Spalted. This wood typically comes from the pacific northwestern United States.
Turkish Walnut – This wood comes from the species “Juglans Regia” that originated in Iran and is the same species as English Walnut. Although the mineral content in the Turkish soil gives the wood a different color, it still has the dark brown or black mineral lines. The base color of the wood tends to have a range from light honey to a subtle orange cast. The exhibition blanks are highly prized and are found on some of the worlds finest guns.
Gaboon Ebony – (Grip cap only) This rare exotic wood is extreamely hard, dense, and heavy with a very fine textue. The heartwood is a uniform jet-black or black-brown streaked. It is also one of our most popular wood for grip caps.
Rosewood – (Grip cap only) The exotic wood can have deep rich colors that give an attractive apperance.
Zebrawood – (Grip cap only) This exotic wood is hard with a medium to coarse texture. The grain has a striking light and dark color contrast.
Cocobolo – (Grip cap only) This exotic ood is very durable, strong, and has a fine texture. It ranges in color from dark red to reddish brown, with an irregular grain pattern.
Desert Ironwood Burl – (Grip cap only) These rare Ironwood burls are very unique and often have a great chatoyance.
You can ship your gun by UPS or by FedEx directly to us, you may also ship it from your local dealer if you would like. The most important thing to remember is to package it well! Feel free to call the office with any questions concerning the best way to protect your items!
The ATF regulations state that we have to ship back to the address it was received from. If you ship from a local FFL then that is where we will ship it back to. The only exception is that we can ship to another FFL if you request. We will not, however, be able to ship to your home address unless that is the address it came from. Call the office if you have additional questions about this topic.
The common carriers such as UPS. FedEx, etc, all have insurance available and it is priced typically in $1000 increments.
Although these have been shaped and drilled, there is still final fitting that needs to be done to the action, as well as trimming around the metal. This will allow for the variances in the action size and allow for a proper fit. After fitting you will need to do the final sanding, checkering if you desire, and finish.
You will need a moisture meter designed for this application, we need the wood at 10% or below moisture content. You may be able to find a business such as, a hardwood dealer, custom cabinet shop, or furniture store that would have a proper meter or you can always stop by our office and we would be happy to test it for you.
Yes, we have a pattern board, ATA Trap, and Sporting Clays Trap five minutes from the shop!