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Hello all. I have a small hang up that I can’t quite get past and wondering if I was alone with it. Does it bother anyone else when the forend and Buttstock color don’t match? For a shooter type gun it wouldn’t bother me very much at all but for what you would consider collectible does it really bother you if the wood is two different colors.Even if I really like a rifle and the two pieces of wood don’t match it really turns me off. Even if it letters and the gun is correct I still just don’t understand how the two pieces of wood don’t match. I assume somebody messed with something and that leads me to believe that they may have fooled around with more than just the pieces of wood. Maybe it’s just me,maybe I am to picky? I figured I’d throw my thoughts out there and see what anyone else thought

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If I really liked the gun otherwise and the purchase price reflected the mismatched wood I would be happy with the gun but I would be always watching for the right piece of wood to show up someday.

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Bill Hanzel said
Hello all. I have a small hang up that I can’t quite get past and wondering if I was alone with it. Does it bother anyone else when the forend and Buttstock color don’t match? For a shooter type gun it wouldn’t bother me very much at all but for what you would consider collectible does it really bother you if the wood is two different colors.Even if I really like a rifle and the two pieces of wood don’t match it really turns me off. Even if it letters and the gun is correct I still just don’t understand how the two pieces of wood don’t match. I assume somebody messed with something and that leads me to believe that they may have fooled around with more than just the pieces of wood. Maybe it’s just me,maybe I am to picky? I figured I’d throw my thoughts out there and see what anyone else thought

thanks for your time

Bill  

I agree – this scenario would be not be aesthetically pleasing to me.  Beyond that, just because the gun, “letters” how can you know if was shipped with the mismatched wood?  That’s one nice aspect of collecting Savages as both the forearm, buttstock and buttplate are serial numbered to the receiver (or at least the last three digits of the receiver).  With Winchesters, rarely are you going to know.

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steve004 said

 That’s one nice aspect of collecting Savages as both the forearm, buttstock and buttplate are serial numbered to the receiver (or at least the last three digits of the receiver).  With Winchesters, rarely are you going to know.  

Ditto for Stevens, Ballard, others.

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If it bothers you before you even buy it, it will certainly bother you every time you pull it out of the safe. Save yourself the grief and wait for a different one. 

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My experience with Winchesters is the factory didn’t send them out the door if the wood didn’t look right. So when I see a mismatch I assume wood swap or refinish.

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If it bothers you before you even buy it, it will certainly bother you every time you pull it out of the safe. Save yourself the grief and wait for a different one.   

A pearl of wisdom and excellent advice!

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My experience with Winchesters is the factory didn’t send them out the door if the wood didn’t look right. So when I see a mismatch I assume wood swap or refinish.

Bob  

Ditto !

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In today’s market if anything bothers me about a gun I’ll pass it by or do more research. No sense buying a gun that I’m not happy with when the next one that comes along may be exactly what I’m looking for. 

 

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Here’s a good example.  I’ve been looking for a high condition 1894 in 25-35 for quite some time, but the mismatched wood on this one really bothers me.

https://www.merzantiques.com/product/w2690-winchester-model-1894-rifle-in-caliber-25-35/

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Bert H. said

Ditto !  

Going back many, many years when I used to make a few good gun shows, I received a lot of good advice which served me well. One of the most memorable pieces of advice was “if the mane and tail don’t match, it is best to pass”.

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Don,

That rifle would bother me as well… something is fishy smelling!

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Thanks for all the response, I am glad to here I am not alone or to picky. 

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Yeah, that would bother me too.

Slight shade difference (maybe from age/exposure etc.) is no big deal, but that one I’d pass on.

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