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Re: Restoring sporterized 1884 rifle
Posted by John S. on Thursday, 3 November 2016, at 12:09 p.m., in response to Restoring sporterized 1884 rifle, posted by Tom Norrbohm on Thursday, 3 November 2016, at 1:37 a.m.
I am not sure who is making the trapdoor forend pieces for S&S. Some of their wood is very nice, and some not very nice. I was not happy with a Lee Navy forend from them, either in the wood itself or the workmanship, but h were pretty much the only game in town.
Dunlap Woodcarving is in the repro stock business and their products are excellent in my opinion, both wood quality and workmanship. I would go with their trapdoor forend.
However, it may be about the same cost and a lot less work to just get a full length stock from one of the suppliers on the classified ad page on this site. That way the finish will match everywhere, and even if not "original to the gun" it is "more original" than a restored stock and a heck of a lot less work.
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