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I know a lot of older guns had flat top checkering which I like. I’m having a new stock made for a modern competition gun and am considering flat top checkering for that piece. What sort of checkering do you guys prefer? What would be an advantage of sharp diamond over flat top and vise versa? Disadvantages? Would flat top look out of place on a modern O/U competition gun? Is flat top more difficult to execute than the sharper pointed diamond style? Just wondering and contemplating....


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Buzz, I’m not a craftsman who does this stuff but my impression is flat top checkering is more difficult to execute properly than pointed. Seems to me sharp checkering doesn’t require every line to be exactly the same depth as flat top does to result in flat diamonds all the same size. And I don’t think it would be out of place on a modern gun. In fact, it might draw envious responses from fellow shooters.


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I think I would stick with standard pointed up checkering. Maybe, ask what lines per inch the flat top checkering would be. If you can talk someone into cutting it fine, it may be tough to tell them apart? Some may appreciate it, but someone might look over your pride and joy, and ask if that's basket weave? Do it your way Doc Buzz.

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Talk to your stocker and get his opinion. I like flat top checkering myself but I think you will find very few craftsman who offer it. I know of 3, one of which is in Canada.


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I have found that people using machine cut checkering just make fewer passes. I think it was Carol at Altmans that did a restocked LCS for me at roughly half the cost of cut up checkering. Looks fine but that was several years ago when she did it.

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How can we tell you what your personal preference is?

What feels better for your 'competition' gun purposes?

Do you wear gloves? Does sharp checkering give you callouses?

If you're asking about appearances who cares... it's a 'competition' gun.


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Originally Posted By: Shotgunjones
How can we tell you what your personal preference is?

What feels better for your 'competition' gun purposes?

Do you wear gloves? Does sharp checkering give you callouses?

If you're asking about appearances who cares... it's a 'competition' gun.


BTW, the proper spelling is “calluses” and I told you I like flat top checkering. No, I don’t wear gloves and yes, some people care about the look of their competition guns. Maybe you should learn to comprehend what you read and learn how to spell rather than wasting time displaying your usual argumentative heinie sort of attitude.


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I agree that diamonds pointed up are easier to execute than flats, so that's where I go.

I am predominantly a 20 lpi guy; 20 looks good on most anything. I will back down to 18 or 15 if trying to rehab or replicate an inexpensive gun.

For a competition gun, however, I prefer 24 lpi. The grip area on a gun used for targets gets a lot of skin/glove contact in a short span of time, and the finer checkering feels considerably softer in the hand. Looks great, too.

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Since you asked, as if my preference should matter in the slightest to your selection of features for your custom stock...

I wouldn't have any checkering at all. The grip would be contoured for my hand and left smooth.

The forend would also be shaped for my thumb and pointy finger.

What could be better? Checkering serves no useful purpose on target guns and just chews your hands up.

If someone else didn't like it, they could just kiss my heinie.

Sorry for being so callous. As you pointed out, it's my nature.


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Flat top checkering is nothing but decoration. Pointed, conventional checkering helps with grip, and on a competition gun it would be much better for helping you hold onto a gun when you have sweaty, slippery hands. That was the original intent of checkering.
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