This is a discussion on Birch or Walnut Wood Stock? within the The M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; Now have a USGI fiberglass stock on my new LRB and am considering buying a Wood Stock. I guess Fred is the place to buy ...
Now have a USGI fiberglass stock on my new LRB and am considering buying a Wood Stock. I guess Fred is the place to buy so am thinking about one of his Presentation Grade stocks since I want a new a look as possible but can not decide between Birch or Walnut. I read that Birch is 20% stronger than Walnut but how about the looks? Most pictures posted do not indicate the type of wood and Fred's site has no pictures. If Birch is better why is Walnut so much more expensive.
Also, how easy is it to remove the fiberglass stock and install the wood? Are there step by step instructions with pictures?
The grain patern and color of wood is usually better on Walnut. Its more about looks than anything. If you get the right piece of burch it can look good but most often they look like nasty pieces of wood and uneven color and funny grain paterns. That is just my take on it.
some good pics in this thread, http://www.m-14forum.com/showthread....ight=johnnyreb
keep in mind that the tiger stripe birch stocks can be a little hard to find and the pictured ones are hand refinished and very good examples of unusually nice tiger birch stocks, your run of the mill birch stocks will be lighter in color and have a more random, tighter/denser grain compared to walnut's straight consistent grain.
http://www.wenig.com/ will make you a military profile laminated birch in 13 different colors (or fancy grained walnut $$$ or plain jane walnut) stock with matching handguard, machine inletted that will accept the military hardware for about $200 bucks, its not shown on their webpage, you gotta call.
Walnut is more expensive because there are probably fewer walnut M14 stocks left out there in nice shape than there are birch. Folks like the walnut because it is a more expensive wood (why the military started making them out of birch, ... cheaper and slightly stronger), and walnut has that nice dark classic American firearm stock look. Walnut has always been the most popular wood for sporting rifle stocks. I think there are actually more striped birch stocks out there than walnut, ... tiger striped birch is often more dramatic than tiger striped walnut. Birch can be made to look very nice, depending on how you finish it.
Here's the Birch stock I did for one of my Fulton receiver builds.
I stained it with Fiebings dark brown leather dye and finished it with Watco Danish oil. I was really happy with classic G.I. look.
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Last edited by DUKE NUKEM; March 16th, 2006 at 12:04 AM.