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What do you guys think? It’s on a Browning model 12 grade 1.


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Plain, slab sawn walnut. Nothing fancy, but likely utilitarian. You didn’t show the grip....hopefully grain is straight in the grip?


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I would think someone would generically call that fancy or extra fancy grade, based on the percentage of figure. I doesn't necessarily look like knock your socks off figure, but it can be said to be present. It kind of looks like a feather crotch edge piece?

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Slightly above plain. Poorly fitted butt plate.
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It's normal to that particular model. Way beyond Select grade. There is between 25 and 50% figure, so perhaps an A+ grade.

The Browning M12s had well fitted buttplates - this one is just showing the effects of 30 years of wood drying and shrinking.

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Wood doesn't shrink enough to cause something as glaring as that ill-fitted butt plate. From 100 year old Parkers to 50 year old Superposeds, the butt plates all still fit perfectly with almost very few exceptions.

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Yeah not sure about the butt plate, was curious about the wood grade for Brownings. Seemed a little more figured for a grade 1.

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The wood is certainly not bad. It has enough character to distinguish it above just plain grade. Pretty much standard quality for those guns.

This one's above average but the forend is plain as your hand:
https://images.gunsinternational.com/lis...751D6DFD1A5.JPG


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Thanks guys, Im not too familiar with Brownings, some of their offerings has some very basic looking wood and was curious about this one!

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Looks more like an poorly sanded redo to me.


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