What wood for copper wrangler?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by bsparker, Jan 10, 2022.

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What wood would look good?

  1. Ebony

    13 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. Bocote

    1 vote(s)
    2.6%
  3. Walnut

    4 vote(s)
    10.3%
  4. Zebra wood

    2 vote(s)
    5.1%
  5. Rosewood

    7 vote(s)
    17.9%
  6. Maple

    5 vote(s)
    12.8%
  7. Other?

    7 vote(s)
    17.9%
  1. RetiredUSNChief

    RetiredUSNChief Member

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    Some nice burled cocobolo would go great with the red color.

    It's a dense, reddish-brown tropical hardwood with a high specific gravity, often over 1.00...meaning it may not even float in water.

    It works well and can be finished to a very smooth finish, and the natural oils in the wood make it an excellent choice for a long lasting wood that won't absorb water.
     
  2. BigBlue 94

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    Absolutely. The gun is already not the "correct" color so go all out. Blue and Teal mesh with orange or yellow very well. I suggest blues to go with camel/copper colors quite often and the customers think im crazy until i show em the right one. We used to have an electric blue dye for matching stains but rarely used it.

    Ebony with a lot of figure would be nice. Or buffalo horn!

    Desert Ironwood might be neat, depending on how it is finished out and its color. I have a couple blocks that are pretty orange.

    I have the gray wrangler with a polished stainless birdshead grip and mahogany grips. But not just any mahogany; its of the Cuban variety, pre-1940s embargo. Used to be bleachers in a gymnasium in northern MO.

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    Another option could be purpleheart. I would need to see the copper and wood in person to make that decision though.

    Other options would include canvas micarta, guitar acrylic pickguard, or mastodon tooth.
     
  3. KevininPa

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    Due to the cylinder, another vote for ebony. Or a black laminate.
     
  4. buck460XVR

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    I agree with the majority.....either stick with Black or go Vibrant Red. Birdseye or plain maple stained with Keda Red dye would be my first choice..
     
  5. bsparker

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    After laying out a couple of options and showing some other grips I had made, my friend chose the unique grain of bubinga (African Rosewood). Here it is.

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  6. wcwhitey

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    I voted Walnut, just to tone it down a bit.
     
  7. bihj

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    I went with "other". Look for some spalted pecan and give them an orange/red stain.
     
  8. Howland937

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    I don't remember what I voted for, but I'd change my vote to those that you made for him. I got rid of the Wrangler I picked up, but I'd get another one if I had access to grips like that. Beautiful work.
     
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  9. BigBlue 94

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    Excellent choice! When you said copper wrangler, i thought you were talking about one of the distributor runs made in an actual bright copper color, not the bronze one.
     
  10. bsparker

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    good distinction. I was told it was the copper by the owner (I failed to check on terms), but bronze it is. Thanks. The color with bronze is growing on me. But I definitely love the grain of bubinga.
     
  11. bsparker

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    Very kind. Thanks.

    I haven’t shot the wrangler, but holding it I can’t say I’d buy one. If I didn’t have a single six and the price was right, I’d get one. But going from single six to wrangle…not so much.
     
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  12. BigBlue 94

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    Yes it has beautiful figure! Especially when not stained dark.

    I wanted the bronze wrangler but settled for the gray one. Im planing on duracoating it at some point to a color that contrasts more with the polished stainless grip.
     
  13. The Happy Kaboomer

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    Hopefully ANYTHING that fits better than those cheap ill-fittng 25 cent grips they are shipped with.
     
  14. Rubone

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    What do you expect on a 99 cent revolver....:eek:
     
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