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Grade this wood for fun

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by 682b, Jan 23, 2008.

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  1. 682b

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    In my humble opinion trap shooters are highly opinioned and have a affliction to good wood. This is a test of your ability to grade wood. The stock shown is a early 70's or late 60's Fajen 1100 stock. The first pictures are of the finished stock and the latter are of the original stock with the Fajen grading in black magic marker. Your answers may give you a idea as to how if any the grading has changed in 40 or so years. Have fun. JIM

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    Well how did you do? The one thing I learned from this project is that the do it your self stocks of today are a lot easier to finished than the ones from long ago.
     
  2. coyote268

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    Today it would be a AAA and worth about 5 times that it was then. Nice piece of wood. Dan
     
  3. Jerry944t

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    Extra fancy is one grade below exhibition so I would say that's graded about right for then and for now. Regardless it's a very pretty piece and I wouldn't argue is someone called it exhibition.

    Jerry
     
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    I was going to say just below AAA, so I supposed my estimation would be on as i'm not sure there is a AA grade, and i'm thinking extra fancy would logically be one grade below AAA
     
  5. mixer

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    Interesting in that I have the same exact style stock on my Browning Broadway that I got from Fajen in 1972 or so. Not the same grade of wood but my semi-finished blank only cost $47 back then. Still shooting with that stock today.


    Eric
     
  6. 682b

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    Eric, when paid for the wood the seller said it was either bought in 1969 or he paid $69.00 for it. I wish I could have bought it for $69.00. Either way I am happy how it turned out. Fajen also made a stock they called a style side or maybe a slant side stock. I will add the few photo's of one of these if anyone would like to see one. JIM
     
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    Bigboy,

    I think mine was called a Monte Carlo with a rollover comb. You can get that same design today from Wenig who I believe took over the Fajen business some years back.


    Eric
     
  8. ljutic73

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    I've got 2 of those style stocks on Model 12's that were purchased in the late '70's-early 80's.....and Fajen's prices were fair and honest....the wood looks like Claro and I'd agree with the AAA grade.
     
  9. phirel

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    The wood would be graded higher than I am graded in singles and doubles.

    Pat Ireland
     
  10. 682b

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    Steve, I don't think you will find anyone who will argue over the Exhibition wood on the pair of P guns. The point of the exercise was to test your grading of a good slab of wood and have a professional answer at hand. I personally feel today's grading of the exhibition grade is very loosely used. I had never seen a extra fancy special select grade prior to seeing this one.
     
  11. ljutic73

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    what Pat said...WOW!!!!
     
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