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Browning xbolt maple!!!

I saw this gun at SHOT show and its stunning.... I ended up placing an order for one earlier this week.... i cant wait tho i doubt ill see it before september! I wouldn't consider myself a collector at this point in my life but I don't know if this will ever go up the side of a potter county mountain with me. ... Sorry, just had to share, I can't wait!

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I saw this gun at SHOT show and its stunning.... I ended up placing an order for one earlier this week.... i cant wait tho i doubt ill see it before september! I wouldn't consider myself a collector at this point in my life but I don't know if this will ever go up the side of a potter county mountain with me. ... Sorry, just had to share, I can't wait!

http://www.browning.com/products/cat...id=035&tid=330
I'm assuming it is sugar maple. Black walnut has a hardness of a little over 1000. Sugar maple comes in at about 1450. If that helps to decide whether to use it or not??
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Re: Browning xbolt maple!!!

So does that mean I'm less likely to dent the stock than a maple gun?
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So does that mean I'm less likely to dent the stock than a maple gun?
Sugar maple is almost 50% harder than black walnut. I was giving you a comparison to use. I wouldn't hesitate to choose it...or use it. A decent 100% length curly maple gunstock blank is priced about the same as a straight grained black walnut blank. You are getting something much harder with maple. IMO, a great option by a gun maker. Of course, it all comes down to what pleases the eye of the beholder.
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pretty gun for sure

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Re: Browning xbolt maple!!!

Ya I ordered because I love pretty wood stocks. I don't need another hunting gun but I couldn't resist. I doubt it will be a safe queen for long... I like to use what I own. It was only offered in 270 3006 and 300 win mag and since I have the other two I opted for the 300. Eventually I'll bear, elk or moose hunt so it will be good to have... Maybe load it light for whitetail...
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Fine lookin rifle. Congratulations. What caliber did you go with?

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I guess if I had read through the whole thread I would have known what caliber you went with.

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Re: Browning xbolt maple!!!

that thang is purty!!!!!
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pretty gun!!


im like you..i love pretty wood...and im goin hunting...life is too short to stare at ugly wood or plastic all day....lol


i am just finishing up refinishing the stock on my marlin 22...a birch stock..looked pretty plain and i beat it up a it coon hunting...a good refinish job and im wondering why its a "cheap" stock and why its not commonly used? it looks like maple now...

i have no idea why maple isnt used more either...remington has done a few special runs in maple..and long rifle builders love it..

i had no idea maple was harder than the common black walnut...ive always wanted to see cherry..and considering cherry for a flintlock build..

dont know why walnut has become the norm for stocks..some of it is gorgeous...but the majority of it is pretty straight grained and plain looking..

i will have to post pics when the marlin is done...its like a diamond..different angles makes grain shimmer and pop..its pretty cool looking..
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