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Old March 15th, 2006, 05:37 PM   #1
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Birch or Walnut Wood Stock?

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?

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Old March 15th, 2006, 05:52 PM   #2
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Walnut cost more because it looks so much better on average than birch.

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Old March 15th, 2006, 05:58 PM   #3
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Walnut cost more because it looks so much better on average than birch.

how so?

thanks.

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Old March 15th, 2006, 06:17 PM   #4
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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.

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This is a very subjective thing- some people prefer birch, some prefer walnut. It is entirely up to you. I have a really good looking USGI birch stock that I have received compliments on before.

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Old March 15th, 2006, 06:21 PM   #6
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This is what bigblock is talking about. Here is my Walnut stock on my LRB NM bulid. This is a tiger striped walnut stock.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-.../LRB_Tiger.jpg

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-...rStock2027.jpg


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Cool i think some pictures are in order

dissasembly instructions with pics.
http://www.surplusrifle.com/m14m1a/r...mbly/index.asp

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.

a couple pics of a brown laminated birch, im not sure who made this stock.
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...?Item=42869750
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Thanks all. I guess all I know now is that I do not want Tiger Strips. Other may like them but not my thing.

I'm thinking more of a standard classic.

Any other Birch / Walnut side by side pictures?

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Thanks all. I guess all I know now is that I do not want Tiger Strips. Other may like them but not my thing.

I'm thinking more of a standard classic.

Any other Birch / Walnut side by side pictures?
a bunch here
http://www.usarmory.com/catalog.asp?PAGE=9

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POOL SURPLUS 3 FOR $100.00 NEW MATCH BIRCH OR WALNUT IN WRAPPER 501-679-7074

http://rifle-company.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=1289

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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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I love Walnut and I have some nice ones,,,BUT here is a Birch,,that for my 2 cents is pretty darn nice !



I will be getting some stocks in the next month or so to refinish for myself and I will get both Walnut and Birch,,in my opinion if it goes on a M1a/M-14,,its ok in my book !!

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Nice pics. I like birch and walnut. And synthetic.

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CRUD,will you please quit with the ALL CAPS???
DUKE NUKEM for the ALLCAPSAWARD
And you do it on every site.
Sorry but poor typing irritates the **** out of me.

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CRUD,will you please quit with the ALL CAPS???
DUKE NUKEM for the ALLCAPSAWARD
And you do it on every site.
Sorry but poor typing irritates the **** out of me.
NOTHING PERSONAL SIR. MY EYE SIGHT HAS UNFORTUNATELY GONE TO HECK
AND IT IS THE ONLY WAY I CAN SEE WORDS I AM TYPING. HECK SOMEONE ASK ME IF I GOT MY CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT YET. I TOLD THEM, WELL IF I COULD SEE THE SIGHTS ON THE GUN I WOULD.LOL
UHH.... HOLD STILL BAD GUY WHILE I PUT MY GLASSES ON

"And you do it on every site." HUH?


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