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If you've ever seen upgraded wood you'll know what the difference is! Plain wood, usually Walnut, has straight grain and even color not unlike the Mossburg shotguns at Kmart. Upgraded wood is cut from the crotch of the tree and has swirling grain with various color variations. A truly fine piece of Turkish Walnut can be spectacular. Does it make the gun shoot better, of course not, but it sure is pretty to look at.
 

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JT, most shotguns you buy today come with the their normal grade of wood for the style and make you buy. Several offer the option of upgradeing the wood for a extra fee. These fees can be a 300 dollars on up, the sky is the limit kind of thing. Beretta and SKB are the only lower priced guns today that offer this option and both are around a 300 dollar upgrade. Now Kolar, Krieghoff, and Perazzi's offer multible different grades all the way up to exhibition grade, which no-one in their right mind would shoot. Remington, Winchester and a few others had up grades on their normal guns years ago. It makes them worth a few hundred dollars more than normal. The problem with the older ones/or newer ones, are if they can't show you the proof of the upgrade with something on paper, don't fall for it. Some may have the proof stamped on the gun others will not. The grain and colors of these stocks can be super nice. Hope this helps you out. Breake-m all. Jeff
 

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In the olden days, you went to the dealer, opened-up all the boxes (same model firearm) and picked the one with the "nicest" wood....For Free!

In the olden days, you called the wholesaler, offered one of the salesmen $50 to open all the boxes and send you the one with the "nicest" wood-and if the guy was trustworthy, you would get "upgraded" wood.

Nowadays, you request pictures of the wood from the dealer and then buy the one one with the nicest wood.

Or, nowadays, you buy a "fence post" wooded-gun and go to Cole (Beretta) and see the pictures of the "upgraded" wood and buy it....(expensive!)

Or, look at the pictures from Joel Etchen and buy the one with the wood you like.

Things have changed....but, there are ways of buying "upgraded" wood without paying an arm and a leg, for example, guns that are not "moving" are discounted and the dealer is a lot more willing to have you pick the wood for the same money (Browning Cynergy, etc.)
 

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This is a little up-graded wood.


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