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Clarification added 1-23-03 - There's a part that everybody forgets when discussing the cost of stock wood. That's this: Somebody has to take the blank and MAKE it into a stock. The prices I charge INCLUDE this highly specialized labor. Therefore; when you find a chunk of wood on the net for $500, you get just that ... A CHUNK of wood ... period. Then, all you need is a highly skilled craftsman with a shop full of tools and the time/skills to design, profile, inlet, shape, grind, sand, and finish your chunk into a stock. When you see where I've listed an optional stock at $500 .... the skilled craftsman, and the tools, and the time are INCLUDED. Additionally; if I've told you I'll use your own blank for a surcharge, that's for the skilled craftsman, tools, and labor. It's the DIFFERENCE between working a softer pc. of predictable straight grained walnut and working a temperamental blank of unknown origin.

There's a heck of a difference between a "blank" and a "stock".

A couple of times a year (or when needed), I go to a sawmill and pick through tens of tons of dry planks. Thus, I obtain my stock wood.

I price this out according to the blank quality. I never know, from month to month (year to year), what I will have on hand. Many will think the internet sites offering blanks seem to be just the ticket. It's not so simple. Additional discussions on this topic are throughout the site. Here's another called gunstock blanks when you have time.

In the cost grids, you'll find a thing called "Gary's Pick" stock material. The stock which comes with the base price on the cost grids will be straight grained American walnut. Makes a very fine stock. And, I try to use nice stuff. I certainly won't use anything that's nasty. For the "Gary's Pick" wood, I sort through my inventory alittle closer. Try to use the something alittle nicer. I charge about $250 for this.

Some places on my site might mention other possibilities. I occasionally have some very special stuff I've sorted out. I usually charge about $500 or so for this.

I offer laminated stocks. I have special color patterns laid up just for me in clear (face) veneers. Extremely durable and stable. Very pretty. If there's an average, it's about $650 for these.

Then, there's the thing 10 out of 10 people ask about. Some kind of Exhibition grade, etc., etc. It's fraught with problems from start to finish. You'll have to read the page gunstock blanks when you have time. I know everybody wants them, and about one out of ten understands the problems associated with making something from one of these so identified blanks. In a nutshell, they are extremely expensive, highly unstable, often flawed, very fragile, and a nightmare to machine. Other than that ... they're fine. ;?)

I "recommend" that you buy the rifle with the regular stock. I can "suggest" that you might want to go with the "Gary's Pick" stock. "IF" I have something extra nice, I'll be happy to sell it to you. I will have selected it and thus know something about it. I really like the laminated wood as well. It's great with some of the more modern designs. Very eye-catching. Very stable on target rifles.

I "cannot" warehouse tons of walnut. I cannot guarantee I'll find some trophy pc. of wood when it's wanted. I'll use your blank (but charge you a respectable surcharge to use it), because I know nothing about it at all (could go well - probably won't), it seriously slows down the build time, and it screws up the ledger timing for the next guy. I cannot guarantee your blank. If during machining, it warps, cracks, splits, twists, or shows itself to be flawed, I can't be responsible for it.

To a huge number of people, the stock "Is" the rifle. I'd respectfully suggest that, while a suitable stock is the interface between shooter and action, a figured wooden stock only "compliments" the rifle (and in many cases weakens the structure and limits the rifle's usefulness or trips out of the vault). It's the action of the rifle which is the living, breathing, soul of the artifact. That's where I must spend 95% of my effort. It's simply a myth that the stock is most of the work in a custom airgun. It isn't ... unless you try to shape some knot of twisted burl into a usable object. Once achieved, most folks will never use the rifle. It nullifies absolutely all of the research and technology I've developed and the attention to detail I've crafted into the rifle to just let it sit in the safe lest the stock be scratched.