November 11, 2012
December 1, 2012
Not my field of expertise but: looking at photos of factory original checkering, the little diamonds formed by the cutting line up in perfectly straight columns on the factory photos but on this specimen these columns meander slightly.
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November 19, 2006
The checkering on the butt-stock is way too wide and extends nearly the full length of the top tang–the checkering should start to angle down at a little past half-tang. Also, the checkering extends back way too far (maybe a couple inches) on the bottom of the butt-stock. Here’s one with the correct checkering:
Wow – that matted barrel, checkered, SRC was amazing. Plus, I love the Lyman long sight on a SRC. Neat how they milled the ring stud to accommodate the sight. What a magnificent piece. This has been a very enjoyable thread 🙂
As far as the checkering points on the SRC under discussion, I am pondering the fact that the wood being checkered is gumwood – and what impact that has.
March 20, 2010
Was curious as to whether gum wood could be successfully checked, the pics above show that it can. However, likely wont hold up to any kind of real use wear. The ones we see that are chewed up likely had a hard life.
Anyone know the genus/species of gum wood used? Assumed it was Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua). Specific gravity (wood density) of Sweetgum is 0.52 whereas black walnut is 0.55. Other “Walnut” stats show SG as high as 0.65.
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