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Old June 1st, 2017, 02:18 PM   #16
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The Blondie and the walnut were from Good Ol Freds. $40 for the blonde $60 for the Walnut. The Tiger was $200 from Treeline (They bought Freds stock of stocks). Freds took about a month every time and I got a free Hand guard with each. The Tiger came in a couple days and I couldn`t be happier with any of them. Buying from Treeline is without worry. If you ended up with a twisted stock I bet they would exchange it with no hesitation. Any grade will be workable the higher grades just have fewer ding and dents. all come with all the metal. 4 thumbs up from me for treeline.
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Old June 1st, 2017, 02:26 PM   #17
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Old June 1st, 2017, 08:08 PM   #18
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And people wonder where all the really good stocks have gone-not jealous or anything.

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Thanks all. I am going to start looking at Treeline choices.

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And people wonder where all the really good stocks have gone-not jealous or anything.
I don't think you'd be saying that if you saw what condition these were in when I got them. "Really good" is not a term that came to my mind. Each of them takes a little bit of work to bring out their shine.

To the OP, generally, the lower price stocks are priced that way primarily because of their aesthetic appearance. Many will have dings and gouges which, while not affecting their fit, most people will find ugly and simply not want to deal with. Unfortunately, this appears to affect the vast majority of stocks that are available, with those not containing any dings/scratches/marks being relatively few in number. Add to that the desire to have nice and crisp proof stamps, along with "striping", and there are simply not enough of them to go around, hence the higher price for them.

Me, I understand these to be battle rifles, and I'm not one to get caught up with the aesthetics too much. I generally sell off all the good looking ones, and many of the stocks I have for my own use have had large gouges filled; doesn't bother me too much, as long as it is a solid stock.

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The walnut was a VG+ Overton from Treeline and the birch was a VG+ with 90% striping. I got an EXC 90% birch as well and it had more dings than the VG+ and also didnt have the DAS stamp. Stick with VG+

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Also Check out M1ARMY and Doug Carlton`s work for more inspiration from a couple more true master stock refinishers.

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