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Kutter,

Howe was a master of metalwork, not sure anyone thought of him as a master of woodwork. Griffin was the master of woodwork.

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OK thank you for that info.

I'll take your experienced word that Jas Howe is a good candidate for having done the metal work. That part looks good and has some interesting features.
But that stock just doesn't look like it was orig to the rifle to me. Looks amateur-ish.

...Was J Howe that bad of a stock guy?

A later restock perhaps by an unkn?
What little of the wood we can see especially the cheek piece looks like a lot of first attempts IMO.
An off center stock nose and way over size at that.

The scalloped cheek piece wouldn't be needed here if the wood had been trimmed down to a decent dimension in the first place.
Checkering looks ametuerish. It's a 'point pattern',,but was done as a 'Fill In' pattern. So the lines of checkering do not always form the border lines.
Diamonds aren't diamonds. Aspect is close to a square.
Run overs galore, Crossed/jumped lines. and those colored diamond inlays. I's almost guess from the looks of the checkering (and maybe the inlays) that that work was very recent.

No finish in the checkering, or old oil, dirt etc. Might be just the pic though Maple is very pale when uncolored and fresh cut w/ no stain, finish or oil on it.
Really on a early classic American stock?

What am I missing.

Not knocking the rifle,,just can't figure out a complete connection to an Classic American Custom rifle,,metal work and the stock work together as one piece.

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Any thoughts on what scope mount the base might be for? It's along the same lines as the Noske and Griffin & Howe, but has no visible means of securing the upper half fore and aft. I'd like to see a side view of it.

All my Hal Hartley bolt action stocks were walnut, for which I supplied the blank.[img]https://hosting.photobucket.com/alb...?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds[/img]

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The scope mount is shown in Howe's Vol 2 page 267, figure 110 and it is a Niedner. Although it is different than my Niedner rifle with a Niedner scope mount and base on it so there must be at least two different Niedner scope mounts. Neither of them have a locking method for fore and aft but they do have a stop for when it's fully on the base and then just clamps tight.

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