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Old 03-24-2020, 01:51 PM
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I found this custom 222 Remington at a show recently, bargain priced. I assume it was put together 50+ years ago. It's based on a 1956 722 action, custom stock, and a mirror polished stainless barrel. I threw a scope on it and did some quick testing at 100 yards off my homemade portable bench. I think she's still got it after all these years. I can't wait to work up a few loads.

Can anyone identify this wood?

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Old 03-24-2020, 02:02 PM
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Very nice! I think it’s walnut.
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Very nice, I agree a good grade of walnut.
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Nice catch, great looking gun. Show some pics of the targets when you dial in a load. Larry
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I think it's made out of the same wood your fence is..{ just kidding }..I am gonna go with Black Walnut!...……………………………..M*
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I go with somewhat highly figured walnut.
It is attractive.
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Old 03-24-2020, 02:39 PM
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Very beautiful stock, someone was an artist in wood.
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Very nice looking. My guess would be fancy walnut as well.
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When in doubt Walnut. Whatever it is it is beautiful!
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It's a beautiful wood and I have no idea of the species. But since walnut has been chosen and since I don't know I'll throw another species into consideration: Myrtle. Just something to look at and think about, wood only grows in Oregon and can have a lot of figure in it.
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It’s Walnut but I don’t know what kind.
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Default The Rigby, then this.

Man there have been some nice rifles on here lately!
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I'd guess it's a Claro Walnut. A name pegged onto a few of the western grown walnut now, not just the grafted original.

Pretty wood, nice rifle..
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That is a fine looking rifle in a great caliber!!
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It's beautiful, could it be Mesquite with a little stain added to bring out the grain?
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Mesquite, definitely -- maybe.
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Very nice!
Also going with Claro Walnut.
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It is not only a beautiful stock but the whole gun is amazing. I always wanted a nice .222 but for some reason never got one. Congratulations!
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Juglans Regia
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Thank you Mr. Culina.

I just did some research on this species and I certainly would agree. I appreciate your professional appraisal.
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IMHO, that is one of the nicest looking custom rifles that I have seen out of that era. I think it was purposed as a varmint rifle rather than benchrest. Not to say that one couldn't shoot it in BR matches with a properly configured front rest. Can you find any identifying marks on the metal hidden by the wood? 60 years ago I was part of a crew of three building just such rifles in a custom rifle shop in Northern Nevada. A Rem 722 action was very highly thought of then and still today for the basis of such a custom rifle. I hope you will pull the action/barrel out of the wood and take a look for identification marks.

Thanks for shows us your rifle. It brings back very pleasant memories for me.

BTW, when torquing down the action screw the then standard was 40 in. lbs on the front screw and 20 in. lbs. on the rear. And if it still has the middle screw just snug that down, don't tighten it at all.

P.O. Ackley's barrels were very well thought of in that era. Also, I too think that wood is probably a western mesquite that has been stained. What is the make of the trigger, but if anything has been changed in the past 50 years the trigger would be first on the list.
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I’ll vote with the Claro walnut guys.
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IMHO, that is one of the nicest looking custom rifles that I have seen out of that era...Can you find any identifying marks on the metal hidden by the wood?...I hope you will pull the action/barrel out of the wood and take a look for identification marks.

What is the make of the trigger, but if anything has been changed in the past 50 years the trigger would be first on the list.
The only mark I see is B1573603 scratched in the receiver. The barrel has no marks except the 222 stamping. It's got a custom aluminum single shot follower. The trigger looks stock, but I don't know. I can't see any brand name on it. The action is bedded with a brass pressure pad in the front of the barrel channel.

Do any of these details offer any clues?
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