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Destroyer
Posted - 09/03/2006 : 1:29:33 PM
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I bought a 1913 dated Carl Gustav M96 this weekend. I am trying to match the wood type to the pics on the Karlina site and also pics from other posts here. I am leaning toward elm but I have read the elm stocks started in 1915 so could be beech or a replacement stock. I have not taken the rifle apart to check the stock serial number yet. All the numbers I can see are matching. Here's some pics:
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foudufoot
Posted - 09/03/2006 : 1:55:06 PM
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It's a highly figured beech. The "finger nail" marks to the left of your crown stamps are a dead giveaway. Nice looking stock! Dan


sbhva
Posted - 09/03/2006 : 5:23:41 PM
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Yup, beech. I call them "a series of crescent moons" when asking for detials about wood over the phone. Seems to be an analogy that just about everyone can relate to.


swede
Posted - 09/03/2006 : 10:45:25 PM
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A 1913 dated M-96 would originally have had a French walnut stock . Your stock is a replacement , either matching or mismatched !!!


mauserdoc
Posted - 09/04/2006 : 1:07:27 PM
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I guess the crescent moon thing has helped me over the past few days to figure out what is going on with some of my stalks. I have some that are in the 1916 year range, and, to make it more complicated, they have some pretty remarkable patterns in the Wood that made me think it was elm when I paid a total of 88$ on ebay for the stock. Also, it is in the same general year range as a stock I got that I know is elm by the rough wood patern and undenyable appearance, I now know that I am a significant sucker having paid what I did. Oh well, guess it is nicely figured beech.

Don't know why some of us have such a time recognising the stocks that exist on the fringe of different species. Anyway, I do--clearly to the tune of lots of thrown away money. Oh well, looks good on the bubba save I mentioned in the last couple days. Not as good as the beautiful matching walnut one that bubba destroyed, however.


sbhva
Posted - 09/04/2006 : 1:23:20 PM
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Mauserdoc;
It happens to all of us at some point. I have a pretty good knack for spotting beech, probably because I dislike it so much. Also, I have handled literally hundreds of beech stock commercial guns over the years. I guess there is no substitute for hands on experience.

On the other hand, some guys just love the higly figured beech stocks. Now if we were talking birch - that's a different story. I love those old rolling block stocks with the figured birch.
 

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