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02-26-2011 06:28 AM

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So my neighbor has been gracious enough to plow my driveway at the most fortunate times this winter. My snowplow bit the dust and with the record snowfall we’ve had this year, shoveling doesn’t accomplish much.

He mentioned in passing today that he always wanted a piece of curly maple as a gunstock. I know a guy who knows a guy who can make custom stocks, so that isn’t a problem—my question is—what sort of size am I loooking for and will CM stand up to the recoil?

To build on that, does anyone know a place online that sells CM for relatively cheap and in the north east?

Thanks!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY


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#1 posted 02-26-2011 07:11 AM

strength yes, CM cheap no

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#2 posted 02-26-2011 07:26 AM

Well I have a big driveway and he has all sorts of back issues, neck issues, etc and still came over on his atv. My wife has baked some stuff for he and his wife this winter, but the guy came over at 4am to dig out her car this morning.. This man deserves something nice.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#3 posted 02-26-2011 07:31 AM

Search muzleloading gun stocks. They use a lot of curley maple. A half stock blank should work for a modern rifle ujnless he wants one for a muzzleloader .

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 02-26-2011 07:46 AM

Many years ago I sent some walnut to a place called Bishop in MO to have them cut a stock for me out of my own wood.

Well things move on and it’s now a new company and the price has really jumped in the last 35 years.

Here is their web site.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#5 posted 02-26-2011 08:03 AM

Hmm.. it seems like adding the title “gun stock blank” doubles the value of a piece of wood… I’m pretty sure I could find a face-melting piece of CM for much less than these companies want..

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#6 posted 02-26-2011 08:27 AM

Figure the demensions and buy the wood. Usually from the burl. Don’t say gun stock. You need a turner aI work with a guy that specializes in gnstocks but he continues to tell me he is not cheap.

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#7 posted 02-26-2011 08:56 AM

That’s what I was thinking. Excellent. So most of my questions were answered, but what should I be looking for, 10/4? 8/4?

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#8 posted 02-26-2011 10:22 AM

Most stock blanks are 10/4. You really need to know if you are looking for a 2 piece or 1 piece stock and how long if it is one piece.

Karson, Bishop and Fejen sold out many moons ago. Looks like they have been resold at least once.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 02-26-2011 04:12 PM

I’ve still got a blank that has been cut out and never put it with the barrel that it belongs with. I was driving through Kansas one day and ran across a sawmill. The owner made the gun stock blanks for Thompson Center Black powder rifles. He’d keep for himself all of the blanks that were presentation quality. TC wanted straight grained Walnut.

So I bought a couple of shotgun sets and a couple of rifle blanks. They were all Walnut crotch wood.

Good luck in your search.

The thickness will also depend upon if the stock will have a cheek piece on it. That makes them thicker.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#10 posted 02-27-2011 12:24 AM

Here is one a good friend made this one for a customer of his.

Here is a sporter style thumbhole stock that he also made for a customer of his.

-- McKinney Hardwood Lumber --Specializing in exotic and figured hardwood lumber http://www.mckinneyhardwoods.com -McKinney, TX

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#11 posted 02-27-2011 12:27 AM

Wow.. stunning!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#12 posted 02-27-2011 12:33 AM

But not cheap either. To find lumber if this quality is harder then pulling hen’s teeth :) Lot’s of CM out there, but then finding it with stellar figure then finding 10/4 stock is the key. A sporter stock without cheek piece can be made with 8/4 materials. If you want a cheek piece or wider foreend for shooting from a bench, you will need 10/4 to 12/4 materials.

-- McKinney Hardwood Lumber --Specializing in exotic and figured hardwood lumber http://www.mckinneyhardwoods.com -McKinney, TX

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#13 posted 02-27-2011 12:41 AM

Hi I have made 20 or more Gun stocks and several have been out of curly maple. I use 8/4 with good success.
I buy my wood from “Alderfer Lumber Company”. Although I have not made a stock in a couple of years I think the Co. is still the cheapest and the easiest to do business with, and they have not gouged me on shipping.

If you want to check on line http://www.alderferlumber.com/default.htm. They also have a Toll-Free no. 1-877-829-6247.

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#14 posted 02-27-2011 12:56 AM

eBay is another place to check. While searching for a specific piece of curly maple this week, I did see some gunstock curly maple on eBay. I haven’t received my lumber for my entertainment shelves yet, but each dealer I was looking at has 100% satisfaction with over 1,000 sales. Just another place to look…

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#15 posted 02-27-2011 01:01 AM

Check Wayne Dunlaps site, http://www.dunlapwoodcrafts.com/ .

Wayne specializes in stocks for KY longrifles, but I’m sure that he can accomodate your needs.

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