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Hickory Gun Stocks

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by K005, Sep 24, 2010.

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  1. K005

    K005 Member

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    I always liked the look of hickory, but never saw or heard of any shotgun stocks made of hickory wood. Are there any reasons for this?

    Bob K.
     
  2. Auctioneer

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    I have to agree with you. Hickory is a strong wood fo anything you need it for.
     
  3. snapthecat

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    Forget about hickory. It will continue to warp,and twist long after you think it is completely dry. Bad choice
     
  4. Brian in Oregon

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    Hmmm, hope my new rustic hickory kitchen doesn't warp. I hate it when dishes roll out of the shelves.
     
  5. zeroed4x

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    There are so many other great choices for gun stocks.
    Most species of Rose Woods like Pau Ferro, Cocobolo, Goncalo Alves
    Bocote and even Wenge are good choices.
    American Alder, Maple and Ash are also excellent and less expensive.
    Walnut has always been my favorite simply because I prefer darker toned wood and I build many custom bass guitars from it.
    They are 100% correct about the Hickory, no matter how well its kiln dried, its unstable and tends to move. Its grain is horrible to work with for finishing.
     
  6. K005

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    Thanks for the replies. I have hickory floor and kitchen cabinets - no problems there. Gun stocks must be different. I also have a few custom duck calls and nobody makes hickory calls either. Nice looking wood though.

    Bob K.
     
  7. DTrykow

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    That wood is amazing. In the spring the bark will come off like a banana peel and it'll split four ways. And out of the blue it will crack and explode like a 30/30 just went off, scares the hell out of ya if your near by. Around these parts we call hickory all nighters. Stuff one big piece into a wood stove and she'll burn all night long. But no not good for gun stocks. Dave T.
     
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