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    beech v walnut

    Popped into the gun shop today and had a look at a CZ 557 with a beech stock. Its doesn't have any fancy grain but was pleasing to the eye so it got me thinking. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different woods used for stocks.

    There was a nice Sauer 200 second hand but at twice the price of the CZ I think it will stay on the shelf

    Regards Pete

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    Walnut is prettier and stronger but beech is perfectly acceptable. I've always wanted a mesquite stock

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    I will ask my brother about that as he's a joiner. Zebra wood would make an instant laminate affect

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    Beech is very dense, fine grain, very stable. That is why it is used for wooden tools, like block planes and folding stick rules.

    Military stocks, like for the Swiss K31, are mostly beech. It has very straight grain and no figure to speak of. You will see it on some target rifles.

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    Lovely bit of beech that mate

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    It's balsa.. You can see the thumb nail marks.

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    In that case, that's a great airbrush job

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    I am not a fan as the figuring and grain is what makes a stock in my mind

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    Personally I prefer the appearance of a good Walnut stock over Beech. In utility terms I don't suppose there is any significant difference but plastic stocks are much better and more robust. That said I developed a dislike of plastic when I owned a Remington 597 and now all my guns have wooden stocks.

    atb Tim

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