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walnut or beech?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Steff, May 28, 2007.

  1. Steff

    Steff Active Member

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    Quick question guys, I see walnut stocks are an option on some rifles, ... is this purely for asthtetic reasons, i.e. it looks good, or is there some other advantage over beech? Is one more hard wearing than the other? I guess a wipe over with a rag is all thats needed in both cases? or would I be wrong?
    All comments appreciated.
    steff
     
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    walnut

    walnut is purely just a better looking wood dont no of any advantages over beech but i would pay the extra every time for walnut
     
  3. Steff

    Steff Active Member

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    walnut / beech

    Thanks Topcat.
    How do you keep the wood looking good? special oils? or out with the pledge!
     
  4. Andy

    Andy Administrative Staff Member Founder

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    Beech is heavier than walnut, and while walnut is lighter it still retains good strength.
    Most stocks come lacquered these days so just need a wipe over every now and then.
    If your lucky you may get an oiled walnut stock, that you can add additional coats to.
    There are lots of oils on the market these days so it's just down to what you prefer, i like to refinish my stocks so i strip of the old finish and then add a light coat of ultra alkanet root stain followed by about eight coats of ultra 'old London' gun stock oil.
    It takes a long time but the end result is worth it. :up:
     
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    yes andy walnut is lighter than beech but not enough to notice say you have 2 aa 400 one beech one walnut pick them up blind folded i dont think you could tell which is which only a few ounces in it i think most people choose walnut purely on looks
     

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