Walnut for Gunstocks
English/French/Turkish/Circassian Walnut (Juglans Regia). Better specimens have strong black streaks running jaggedly through it like lightning bolts.
American Black Walnut (Juglans Nigra). Better specimens have what is described as flame feather-crotch patterns. It is not generally as strong or as expensive as Juglans Regia.
Bastogne Walnut - a hybrid cross between Juglans Regia and Juglans Nigra noted for density and hardness.
Claro Walnut. A variety of American walnut (Juglans Hindsii) often highly figured, but whose figure is somewhat cloudy, lacking crispness. Not as dense or strong as a good piece of Juglans Regia.
Walnut - The type of wood most commonly used for gunstocks because of its combination of attributes: lightness, resilience to shock, close grain, ease and predictability of working and its handsome appearance. Several different types of walnut are English/French/Circassian (Juglans Regia), American Black (Juglans Nigra), Bastogne and Claro.
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