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JK
Posted - 08/04/2007 : 5:38:11 PM
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Any ideas on what type of wood this is? Receiver date of 1906, I do not know if stock serial number match.

Regards, John

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swede
Posted - 08/04/2007 : 6:36:28 PM
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Hard to say for sure without a good closeup of the wood grain . I would say French walnut .



Dutchman
Posted - 08/04/2007 : 6:54:17 PM
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That's one of the most benign looking walnut stocks I've ever seen.

I'll allow myself a healthy margin for changing my mind.

Can you do a couple more photos? The top of the comb and wrist shot from a 45 degree angle downward. The underside behind the triggerguard and in front of the triggerguard.
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JK
Posted - 08/04/2007 : 10:11:25 PM
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Dutchman,
These are the best I can do. I am not the owner, just a curious browser. Of course I was hoping Mahogany but much more likely sapwood Walnut.

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Swedeman
Posted - 08/04/2007 : 10:21:06 PM
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I go with French walnut as well even though there is virtually no contrasting wood grain to confirm it. I can see the tiny pores in the wood which I normally associate with walnut and not beech. The butt has some slight variations / contrast in color vertically, also sometimes seen in walnut and not beech. Also, I don't see any evidence of speckling or flaming normally present in clear beech. Of course, it is not elm or maple, the only other 2 non-rare wood types.



sbhva
Posted - 08/05/2007 : 11:36:19 PM
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Could it be mahogany? I know of a weapons officer rifle stocked in mahogany, but I don't think I have seen a regular issue rifle with a mahogany stock.



Dutchman
Posted - 08/06/2007 : 12:44:19 AM
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Far as we know, mahogany was used only during the period 1915-17 as with elm and maple.



jaeger justnaes
Posted - 08/06/2007 : 07:45:07 AM
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No rule without exception...
Hard to say without holding the wood but to me it seems like nice Mahogany. As I have mentioned earlier real mahogany has a cinnamon/gingerbread-like scent. Nice stock anyway!
 
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