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M-44 stock wood types

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by RandyMac, Aug 26, 2002.

  1. RandyMac

    RandyMac G&G Newbie

    All three of my M-44's have diffrent wood types. One has the normal dark birch, another has a blond stock with some nice figure to it and what appeares to be Dragoon style barrel band retainers. The one I can't figure has a light brown color, very tight grain pattern and seems to be much harder than birch. The wood machined very cleanly, no "feathering" around inletting and shows almost no handling marks. The stock weighs 4 oz's more than the birch stocks.
    Got any ideas?
    Thanks
    Randy Mac
     
  2. Are they Russian, Hungarian, Polish, or something else?
     

  3. RandyMac,

    Countries would use local or indigenous woods, for the most part.

    I know some of the lighter wood is beech. Some were made with walnut, a few with Elm, etc.

    I'll look for an article link on the Swedes (most stock makers made stocks for several different makes and models) and the guy explains it and gives samples of stocks.
     
  4. Calvin

    Calvin G&G Newbie

    Without seeing it, I'd say it was laminated......
     
  5. RandyMac

    RandyMac G&G Newbie

    Sorry, they are all Russian. Two from 1946, one from 1947.
    Another of reasons I like Mosins, the infinite variations.

    Thanks
    Randy Mac
     
  6. Is it possible for you to post some pics?
     
  7. Dennis

    Dennis G&G Evangelist

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    I have heard of Chu wood for Chinese stuff (kinda like orange crate)
    I have had some luck with some guys I met at a wood milling plant They identified some old wood from a house I was
    restoring. They have to look at the grain under a Microscope.
    A guy with experience at that kind of thing can probably help you.
    If it is that important.