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Old March 5, 2012, 05:40 PM   #26
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Thanks. Beech is kind of mid-hardness....but I have not worked with it much ....it isn't something we see much of in the Northwest.

http://www.woodfloorsonline.com/techtalk/hardns.html

It ranks between red oak and white oak on the attached scale ..but its very workable ...its not unusally hard .../ its way softer than hard maple ( which can be difficult to rout without burning )...

Sharp tools ...and running a router or shaper at the right speed ...and controlling the feed rate ...means you shouldn't have a problem working Beech ( or any Oak or Maple for that matter).

I haven't burnt up a router ..at least a good router ...in over 30 yrs ...on any kind of hardwood...( not even hard maple, purpleheart, etc...) ...and some of my routers have a lot of hours on them....( maybe the craftsman told her that to justify the cost ...??) ...just saying...don't know about the claim...but not surprised it was a good looking stock.
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Old March 5, 2012, 06:20 PM   #27
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Maybe, this thing had a high and elaborately curled high comb cheekpiece, etc, wish I had snapped a pic.........real nice
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Old March 5, 2012, 06:35 PM   #28
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A wood with a lot of "figure" or "burl" in it ...will give the craftsman some trouble ....."figured wood" gives you spots that are a little harder, some softer - and back and forth ....and with the grain going all kinds of directions....it can give you a little tearout ( which is frustrating ) ...if you shaper or router bits aren't really sharp ...

The real hard and brittle woods ...with long grains ...like Purple Heart ...are pretty easy to work along the grain ...but when you get "cross grain" ....sometimes it'll crack .../ takes patience to work it ...( and its always the last pass ...when it cracks) ... its the "law" of things...

and I'm not saying you should use it for a stock ....but "purple heart" ...after you work it ...( into a bottle stopper, a pen barrel, a box....whatever...) its kind of "bland" ....so most of us / take a propane torch to it ...and heat it to the point where it almost starts to burn ...and the oils come out of it ,,,in a shock all at once....and turn it "plum purple" all at once....its a fine line between scorched and "plum purple" ....but the next time you're at a street fair ...and see some really dark purple ...ask them if its Purple Heart...and how they got it so bright ...( I'll bet they used heat ..)...

You have to be careful with these exotics on handgun stocks ....or shotgun stocks ....they're pretty dense ..../ but I've been considering a nice set of "purple heart" grip panels on an all stainless 1911 ...might be a good way to go .../ and about a dozen coats of a good clear lacquer finish over them to hold the color ...( shouldn't take me more than 100 man hours ...for one pair ) ...????
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Old March 5, 2012, 07:06 PM   #29
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Old March 5, 2012, 08:56 PM   #30
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Rembrandt - you had to go and ruin those Brownings with the black plastic stuff, eh?...........your wood was always top-notch - thanks for sharing...
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Old March 5, 2012, 09:13 PM   #31
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Post your pics!

My hunting pair of Remingtons:

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Old March 5, 2012, 09:44 PM   #32
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Ray - your bottom 1100 has wood like my old 28 gauge 1100 did - when i sold it, the buyer was floored at the figure. I think Remington put their best wood on their 1100 target guns, and where they got it is amazing....

nice wood!
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Old March 5, 2012, 10:14 PM   #33
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1oz,

That lower one is a 28ga tournament skeet and I still shoot a round or 2 with it each year but It's become my favorite dove gun. With the barrel weight on it balances similar to my 11-87 above so I can easily switch between them.
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Old March 6, 2012, 08:01 AM   #34
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the older 1100's had some quality wood furniture!

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Old March 6, 2012, 07:05 PM   #35
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One ounce......you wouldn't want that nice wood getting banged around and snowed on in a tree stand would you?
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Old March 6, 2012, 10:29 PM   #36
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Old March 6, 2012, 10:54 PM   #37
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I'll play...........

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No, not a new Browning......a 1956 Superposed my wife had the wood refinished on for our anniversary this year. It is most at home in the bird field, but the couple of 00-Buck shells I "store" in it while it is in the house would be fine for HD also.

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Old April 4, 2012, 03:08 PM   #38
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Here's my 870. It's got a glock baby brother in the same OD/tan colors.
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Old April 4, 2012, 09:30 PM   #39
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Old April 9, 2012, 10:58 AM   #40
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I LOVE the superposed, Jaughtman. Mine's kind of a family heirloom so it doesn't see a ton of action. It's a great gun. I'll try to get a picture up when I get home today.
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Old April 9, 2012, 11:54 AM   #41
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Remington 870 Express

Sorry about the picture quality it is a cell phone picture.Remington 870 Express.jpg
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Old April 9, 2012, 12:46 PM   #42
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My Remington 1100 20 ga. and 12 ga. skeet guns.
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Old April 9, 2012, 01:14 PM   #43
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Itcdoty, nice pair!
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Old April 9, 2012, 08:43 PM   #44
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I LOVE the superposed, Jaughtman. Mine's kind of a family heirloom so it doesn't see a ton of action. It's a great gun. I'll try to get a picture up when I get home today.
I doubt you could ever wear out a Superposed - at least by just hunting. Maybe if you shot skeet for decades with it. Mine had been extremely well-used - hence the wood-refinish it needed. My wife saw me oogling it (in its' scratched and beat up shape) in the LGS and bought/refinished it for our 5th (the "wood gift") anniversary. So, get that family heirloom out in the field!

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Old April 9, 2012, 11:33 PM   #45
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My favorite shotgun pic and it has nothing to do with the shotgun. Sure, that's my currently most often used 311 (Pig on a shovel) but while I still have it, the dog is gone. Three years ago last March. She was my constant companion and it still feels wrong reloading if she's not under my feet.
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Old April 9, 2012, 11:52 PM   #46
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Old April 10, 2012, 08:36 AM   #47
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Does "free" (almost) count ?

I won this new 20ga Franchi AL-48 Deluxe in a raffle, after buying $20 worth of tickets (5).



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