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Ruger 10/22 maple and wild cherry gunstock

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Project by HalDougherty posted 09-24-2012 08:07 PM 4368 views 5 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this gunstock to fit a Ruger 10/22 with a target weight barrel. I’m giving first refusal to a customer who ordered a figured maple Ruger stock. I don’t know what you call this type of quilting. It’s from a tree grown in East Tennessee, so doubt it’s big leaf maple. It’s also not as quilted as the quilted maple I have. This is a very special stock that shimmers and glistens in the sunlight. It looks a lot like the first project I posted here, but this one has even more figure in the wood. There has to be more maple trees in East Tennessee like this… All I have to do now is saw enough maple trees to find one. Two boards this pretty are just a tease. I sure wish I had both trees these boards came from. I’d love to carve them. This stock has been finished to 320 grit and wetsanded with tung oil to make the grain pop. Maple and cherry both take a beautiful polished finish that looks 3 miles deep. I also added a figured walnut butt plate. A 22 rimfire doesn’t have any recoil and I like the look of fine wood better than rubber or plastic. I also pillar bedded the stock with a 9/16” aluminum pillar. When you tighten the stock bolt on an aluminum pillar, the wood can’t compress and change the point of aim. I like to glass bed the rear half of the barrel on a Ruger 10/22 and leave the action free floating.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 09-24-2012 08:15 PM

Beautiful wood and great looking stock.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 09-24-2012 08:28 PM

Really beautiful

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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NikonF100

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#3 posted 09-24-2012 08:39 PM

You make it so hard , thought I had in mind what I wanted for the Ruger 10 22 , that I’m getting here soon and you go and post this. ? Got two book match boards of Myrtle , bout 6 inches wide , that and some walnut inbetween it like this ?? Rosewood for a recoil pad ? Hal, another beautifull stock . They just keep getting better and better.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 09-24-2012 09:00 PM

It’s a beauty, Hal! I’ll bet he’ll buy it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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brian watts

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#5 posted 09-24-2012 09:41 PM

very very nice your going have to make me one for sure ..brian

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jaykaypur

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#6 posted 09-24-2012 10:42 PM

beautiful…..just as an aside, I bet Ruger would love to see one of these when fuly completed.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Terry

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#7 posted 09-25-2012 12:33 AM

Very nice stock. I would call that blistered Maple.

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 09-25-2012 12:53 AM

Another beautiful creation. I agree, that is some of the fanciest maple I have ever seen. And it plays so well with the cherry. This may be my favorite of all you have posted.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Don W

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#9 posted 09-25-2012 12:57 AM

Man….they just get better and better.

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NikonF100

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#10 posted 09-25-2012 02:00 AM

Forgot, going to use that piece of curled up end Walnut for the 10 22. I like the pattern on the first one . The Vents and all. Would you split that walnut and laminated or just use it like it is Hal ? Course , if this one is left over ?

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Hawaiilad

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#11 posted 09-25-2012 02:41 AM

What a lovely gun stock. I have a 10/22 and it sure doesn’t look as good as yours…

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Zinderin

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#12 posted 09-25-2012 11:23 AM

Gorgeous work my friend …

I too have a Ruger 10-22 sitting in my garage as we speak, it was given to me by my father when I was 12 as my first gun.

I don’t know that I want to replace the stock, but its sure seen its wear and tear during our varmint hunting excursions (I still treasure in my memories) and every time I see one of your works, I get closer to refinishing that stock for when I hand it down to my son.

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bowtie

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#13 posted 09-25-2012 11:50 AM

beautiful work, I’d also love to saw a log with figure like this!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru.... cccedar.com

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BTKS

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#14 posted 09-25-2012 07:06 PM

Another awsome looker!!!! Find some more of that wood, it is spectacular.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Roger

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#15 posted 09-26-2012 12:41 PM

Super awesome!! You’re a gunstock magician

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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