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Best rifle with high quality wood stock

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  1. Jeremt

    Jeremt Member

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    I am currently in the market for a rifle made with high quality wood stock such as AAA, walnut, maple. Maybe French walnut but idk differnce.
    Looking to spend under 1500

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  2. grandpawj

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    Weatherby Sporter about $700 beautiful walnut stock.
     
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    Winchester Model 70 Super Grade might do it.
     
  4. Alaskan Ironworker

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    This one cost me about $1250.00. Look on davidsons gallery of guns website. Winchester model 70 high grade maple, 30-06.
     

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    +1

    I have a Supergrade mod. 70 in 7x57 and it's both beautiful and a great shooter. I'm in search of a Ruger m77 African in .275 Rigby; my Ruger African in 6.5x55 SE is also a beautiful wood-stocked gun within your budget. It, too, is a great shooter. The Win mod. 70 is second from the left, the Ruger African is third from the left. I'm an old school guy with respect to hunting rifles.

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  6. jmr40

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    You're just going to have go out and look at various guns in person. You can get a decent stick of wood on most any of them, or one just as plain as can be from the same manufacturer. It is really the luck of the draw. Personal preference, but I don't care at all for the high gloss finish Weatherby uses and on many Remingtons. I see some decent Winchesters and some Rugers. I don't think I've ever seen a bad stick of wood on a Kimber and think the odds are better of nice wood on one of those.

    Just be aware that the stocks with a plain straight grain with no figure to it are the ones most likely to shoot accurately and the least likely to crack or split.
     
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    A CZ Manlicher would be my pick. Some can have very nice wood, and the very next one could be very plain however. Best if picked out in person.
     
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    $1500 might not even buy a “fancy grade” blank and duplication, let alone the metalworks to bed down into it.

    When I’m looking for a pretty stick, Macon is where I find it.
     
  9. Skylerbone

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    +2, 1 for Winchester SuperGrade and one for CZ or...if you’re handy and enjoy a project, a Richard’s Microfit.


    This one is just a semi-fancy walnut, they have much better grades with Exhibition Grade under $400 (unfinished stock only). Mine was $120 or so.
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  10. guyfromohio

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    As said....the current production Winchester’s can be had with beautiful wood. I have a .308 in Curly Maple.
     
  11. Jeremt

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    What's you all think of this rifle? Its 308 maple browning x bolt
     

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    The used racks are a good place to look if you don't mind a gun that isn't new. Here are a couple of left hand Savages I picked up with nice wood. The .243 is well figured walnut while the .30-06 is straight grained:

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    Good for what is the question. It's a fine rifle but what do you intend to do with it?
     
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    It should be "good" but can't say if it's worth the price tag.
     
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    It would be a decent rifle. But hard to judge wood quality from a stock photo. Maple usually has a light toned finish, if that is what you are looking for. If you order it, make sure you can return with minimal hassle if the wood doesn't meet your requirements.
     
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    Nah, no good. Overpriced, too powerful for squirrels, weak sauce for buffalo, and the wrong stock for benchrest.

    Good for what?
     
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    Very good all around rifle. Whether you will like it or not or whether it's worth the price ^^^ what @Grayrock said.
     
  19. Jeremt

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    Its between this or a AA french walnut version
     
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    Nice looking rifle. Make a nice premium hunting rifle. Browning makes good stuff.
     
  22. Jeremt

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    Yes I have I guess my main question is if AA French walnut is worth $300 more then AAA maple
     
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    Question: does your rifle need to be new, current production?
     
  24. Dave DeLaurant

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    Other than maple being more dense and therefore heavier than walnut, it comes down to which one _you_ think is prettier. Personally I like the look of walnut, unless we're talking about reproduction muzzleloaders.
     
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    Mr. Varminterror says it just about the way it is these days. I say this as one who is a long time sufferer of pretty wood addiction. An affliction so acute that more than a few guns in my collection were bought only because I fell in love with the wood. Finding exceptional wood is sometimes simply a matter of being at the the right place at the right time: like when the dealer unwraps something new. Or there is the option of specifying high grade wood when ordering a particular model. The Remington custom shop will send you blanks on approval. Or you can go shopping for pretty wood to have custom fitted and sculpted by a custom gunmaker. Here are samples of all three: including Ruger rifles that happened to have beautiful stocks, a couple Remington custom shop rifles for which I selected the wood in advance, and a couple rifles for which I bought wood for later custom projects by independent craftsmen. . DSC_0102.JPG DSC_0107.JPG DSC_0112.JPG
     
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