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Old April 28th, 2020, 06:32 PM   #16
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I read some where that the chinks use cedar chinese cedar you know that the wood from differnt countries have different carecteristics

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Old April 28th, 2020, 09:58 PM   #17
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I read some where that the chinks use cedar chinese cedar you know that the wood from differnt countries have different carecteristics
Only two wood types have been mentioned that I know of. IIRC one was the usual "chu" wood as found on most chinese SKS, AK, & Type 53 mosin-nagant rifles. The other type being a chinese walnut species of some sort. Not sure about cedar, but I'm sure they used whatever they had on hand or could get.

The only "in-depth" article I could find was in the second issue of Gun Digest: Book of Assault Weapons, the article was titled The Chinese Connection & covered several imports coming in from Polytech & Norinco at the time.

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Old April 29th, 2020, 10:03 AM   #18
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I have a pair of SKSs and the wood on them is denser than my Norincos. My 305 stocks are not a variety of walnut. They feel light enough to be balsa.

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Never mind about my SKS statement. I forgot my SKSs are Yugo. Age is not always your friend when it comes to memory.

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I have a pair of SKSs and the wood on them is denser than my Norincos. My 305 stocks are not a variety of walnut. They feel light enough to be balsa.

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Never mind about my SKS statement. I forgot my SKSs are Yugo. Age is not always your friend when it comes to memory.
So the chinese didn't use a walnut variety on any of the M14S stocks ?? Now I'm a bit confused ...I read in a post here that some had a type of chinese walnut ?? Here's the post, with post #2 mentioning chinese walnut.....

https://m14forum.com/m14/126361-polytech-stock.html

Not a big deal if they did or didn't, just trying to figure out what is correct so I know what to look for & so I don't spread wrong info. if asked about it in the future.

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So the chinese didn't use a walnut variety on any of the M14S stocks ?? Now I'm a bit confused ...I read in a post here that some had a type of chinese walnut ?? Here's the post, with post #2 mentioning chinese walnut.....

https://m14forum.com/m14/126361-polytech-stock.html

Not a big deal if they did or didn't, just trying to figure out what is correct so I know what to look for & so I don't spread wrong info. if asked about it in the future.
I only know that mine feels too light for walnut. I'm no wood expert.

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Old April 30th, 2020, 02:25 AM   #21
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I have seen a few that were indeed some sort of hardwood other than Chu.
I think there is still one in the shop. No cutout, but a decent appearing stock all the same.

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I bought my M14S in 1993, and I have been entirely satisfied with the original wood stock. It shot well with the original bedding. The first glass bedding job I had done on it was bad, but with a better job of bedding and most other parts replaced with US-made, I am entirely satisfied. The original wood is fine, just don't breath the dust if you dremel it.

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I have seen a few that were indeed some sort of hardwood other than Chu.
I think there is still one in the shop. No cutout, but a decent appearing stock all the same.
Yeah, I'm not a fan of the selector cutout on the semi-auto version of the M14. It's just a gaping hole to allow dirt/debris into the trigger group to me. I know there are kits out there to restore the look with a fake selector but don't really have any interest in those.

I had thought of trying to pick up a Springfield M1A complete walnut stock since those didn't have the cutout but was unsure if it would be a drop-in fit after reading some of Gus Fisher's posts on stock fitment. I know about the connector pin on the Polytech/Norinco versions being shorter than on the Springfield/USGI, that seems easy enough to work around with some epoxy and a small piece of correct type wood finished to match and glued in place. Though the production tolerance range Gus mentioned on commercial receivers makes me unsure if the chinese would fit the stock without more work than I'm capable of performing at this point. In the end I thought it may be best to stick with the factory supplied stock until I could determine if the new Springfield wood stocks were a compatible fit with the chinese rifles.

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Old May 6th, 2020, 05:45 PM   #24
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The Chinese used at least two different types of wood that I am aware of for the stocks of the M14's that were imported into the USA.

The most common type is the "Chu" wood stocks that is disliked because the wood is soft and generally crappy. M14's were imported with these stocks in both selective fire and semi auto version. I believe this wood is some sort of Asian mahogany, but I am no expert on identifying wood species.

Some Chinese M14's were imported with stocks made from a much harder wood species. These stocks tend to have a walnut like grain pattern and may be a species of walnut, they are certainly some sort of hardwood. I have two of them, both were modified with the addition of a commercial type of recoil pad. The stocks could have been made that way in China or the importer installed the recoil pad along with cutting off the flash suppressor and welding the castle nut to comply with USA import regulations at the time.

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Just saw this post after I posted this Norinco USGI wood stock question:

https://m14forum.com/m14/504832-ques...ood-stock.html

Maybe I'd be better off with an original Norinco stock than to butcher up a USGI stock just to fit my free rifle?

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