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What manufactures choose their forend wood from the same tree as the stock vs just pulling ‘close matches’ from different bins?

Specifically, is there a grade of wood where the forend and butt stock will be a matched set?

i think Krieghoff could have done a better job matching on this one... *ADDED* - Krieghoff did the best that can be expected considering the unique two-tone coloring of the butt stock, just thought I'd share this interesting wood scenario and poke a little fun at a really tough piece of wood to match up to.
 

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All my shotguns seem to match well. I will say that I have seen quite a few shotguns on a rack that seem to look off.

Did you use the soap to clean the wood and tru oil to refinish?
 

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Yes and no . My K-gun Vintage scroll came with nice matching wood , but had a Schnabel foreend & that was kind of small for my big hand . The stock I still have & a close matching piece forearm wood I used on an other gun . The rest of the gun is long gone . I've seen some Perazzi's with a great matching wood set ,but on the once with adj. comb ,the comb seem to be from an other tree
 

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My preference? I won’t buy a gun unless the forend and stock matched, and if the stock has an adjustable comb, the grain lines between the comb and stock better line up.
Sometimes the grain won’t exactly match between forend and stock because they are often cut at different ends of the same block, but the color needs to match.
This is why a true matched pair of “Best” grade doubles cost so much. The forend and stock are a perfect match on each gun, and each gun is a match to the other.

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All my shotguns seem to match well. I will say that I have seen quite a few shotguns on a rack that seem to look off.

Did you use the soap to clean the wood and tru oil to refinish?
Sorry for the confusion, the oil was not for this gun. The stock was refinished when the adjustable comb was put in years ago, but it isn’t an oil finish, seems to be the same finish as the factory.
 

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I can't tell from the one pic you show. Can you take the forend off and place it with the stock and take more pics from both sides?
 

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What manufactures choose their forend wood from the same tree as the stock vs just pulling ‘close matches’ from different bins?

Specifically, is there a grade of wood where the forend and butt stock will be a matched set?

i think Krieghoff could have done a better job matching on this one...
Honestly, your wood on the grip of your stock doesn't match the main part of the stock. Clearly it's from the same tree, since it is a solid piece of wood. Actually, I don't think the forend wood is too far off from the dark part of your stock.
 

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It's reasonable to expect color matching. Figure is a little trickier. The issue is that the forearm is pretty thin everywhere, less robust, and for that reason a lot of stockmakers intentionally select less figured (i.e. stronger) wood for the forearm.
 

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Figured wood grain is never consistent! ....Two pieces can be cut from the same board and grain will rarely be the same.

Straight-grained wood can usually be matched quite easily.
 
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If you have a custom stock made, have it made from a rifle blank. Will be easier to to select matching color and grain lines. This is the rifle blank (from Mike Mann, White Creek Gun Stock Blanks) being used for my next trap stock and forearm.


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remington 3200's were notorious for shades being off.
 

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some of my winchester 50 high grades would first appear to be off...until you turn it in the sun. its just the way the light hits it and reflects in the grain.
take it inside....and youd swear one was brown and one was red.....after just seeing it in the sun!
 

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Just finished a complete refinish on a bt 99 from 1977 the numbers matched but the forend was red and the buttstock was brown. Had to bleach the wood out and then dye them to get the colors to match.
 

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Was that ever SOLD as a complete set? The stock set obviously isn't original to the receiver, so both pieces may not even be original to each other. It is also extremely possible that they matched closer in color before the refinish, esp if they were stained to match.
 

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What manufactures choose their forend wood from the same tree as the stock vs just pulling ‘close matches’ from different bins?

Specifically, is there a grade of wood where the forend and butt stock will be a matched set?

i think Krieghoff could have done a better job matching on this one...
I think blaming Krieghoff when the stock obviously isn't factory and has been refinished is in bad form. That's like blaming Ford for the clear coat peeling when you repainted it in your garage....
 

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Was that ever SOLD as a complete set? The stock set obviously isn't original to the receiver, so both pieces may not even be original to each other. It is also extremely possible that they matched closer in color before the refinish, esp if they were stained to match.
How can you tell the stock set isn't original to the receiver?

Also, my apologies to everyone who felt I was blaming Krieghoff for a bad match. I was trying to be a little tongue-in-cheek because the butt stock is two completely different colors delineated at the grip. It would be an incredibly tough stock to match! Krieghoff did just fine, I imagine their stock picker was really scratching his head on this one and I was poking a little fun at that scenario.
 
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