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#577352 - 08/09/20 07:59 AM Re: Help with wood grade? [Re: RARiddell]
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Me, too. Looks to have been sanded with the buttplate off, rounding the edges. Also either over-sanded, or with a poorly fitted replacement buttplate. The buttplate is severely proud of the wood at the toe.

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#577359 - 08/09/20 09:51 AM Re: Help with wood grade? [Re: RARiddell]
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Very well possible, never really concerned me much. I was curious about Browning wood grades, but thanks for bringing that up to my attention, be a nice little project to fix that up!

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#577371 - 08/09/20 11:29 AM Re: Help with wood grade? [Re: RARiddell]
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I have never seen a badly fitted butt plate like that on a Browning M12.

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#577419 - 08/09/20 08:34 PM Re: Help with wood grade? [Re: RARiddell]
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It could probably be fixed by CAREFULLY sanding or cutting about 1/32" off the stock (or only enough to remove the rounded edges)and then reshaping the butt plate to fit.

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#577435 - 08/09/20 10:58 PM Re: Help with wood grade? [Re: RARiddell]
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I would call that semi-fancy. Not plain and not fancy just something in between.
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#577443 - 08/10/20 08:46 AM Re: Help with wood grade? [Re: RARiddell]
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A grade. Bobby

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#577444 - 08/10/20 09:07 AM Re: Help with wood grade? [Re: RARiddell]
KY Jon Offline
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I see that as a A grade with a borderline AA side on one side. Better than a utility grade blank but just the next step up. The world is full of too many one sided blanks.

Fellow selling wood made the remark that he often comes across blanks which have one nice side and one not so nice side. Sometimes they turn plainer when shaped but rarely become a higher grade. Surface figure gets removed and often straight grain awaits.

He learned that cutting for one premium blank which is great on both sides was much better than hoping to get two slightly lesser blanks out of a billet. Often you ended up with two AA/A blanks rather than one exhibition blank on both side.

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#577447 - 08/10/20 09:51 AM Re: Help with wood grade? [Re: RARiddell]
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Wood grading is pretty darned subjective. About the only thing I'd say is that I'd never pay for a wood upgrade when ordering a gun without seeing samples of what typical standard grade and typical upgraded wood look like. If and when it comes time to sell, consider yourself lucky if you get back much of what you paid for the upgrade. More for your enjoyment/taste than anything else.

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#577454 - 08/10/20 11:12 AM Re: Help with wood grade? [Re: L. Brown]
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Only a buyer can determine how they value the figure on that, or any, stock, but a seller is not likely to describe it as plain. If the criterion was only quantity, not quality, a seller would have a case. Just pointing out that there are two competing sides to the subjectivity coin, as you have noted if one hopes to invest in wood upgrades.

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#577463 - 08/10/20 01:39 PM Re: Help with wood grade? [Re: RARiddell]
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Back in the day you could order knockout grade wood from Browning for just a few bucks. Bobby

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