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    Quote Originally Posted by bigduke6 View Post
    I had a MH that was jet black
    WE had one of those here too, long lever I think it was. Black like coal and after two treatments came clean and golden brown...
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    Regarding "English' walnut.

    Early SMLE specifications refer to walnut, but not specifically "English" walnut.

    When Lithgowicon kicked off production, the specified walnut apparently came from Italyicon. That was the timber of "first-choice". This started to get tricky during WW1, not because the Italians were "on the other side", far from it, but because global demand for carefully-selected, correctly-sawn, seasoned for years, straight-grained walnut spiked spectacularly after August 1914. See also the excellent walnut previously sourced from Turkeyicon and Russiaicon.

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    And in the woodwork saga lies another "beauty" of the Lee Enfield system.

    Look at a Gewehr 98, M-91 Carcano, M-91 Moisin Nagant and just about everybody's service rifles of the era, and further look at the stocks. LONG!! and with a lump at one end. How many of those could you hack from a walnut tree? Think of the differential of drying times and rates between the fore-end bit and the butt-end of the raw flitch.

    On the Lee Enfield (and, indeed the preceding Martini Henry), you needed long-ish slivers of straight-grained timber for the fore-end, and a SEPARATE triangle of wood of "less straight" grain to make the butt stock.

    The Japaneseicon twigged to the problem, hence their clever twist on "two-piece" furniture on the Arisakas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce_in_Oz View Post
    not specifically "English" walnut.
    Sort of misspoke myself there...was trying not to say European walnut though as we here picture it as that light colored beautiful stuff the Mausers sometimes showed up wearing.

    Yes, a diagram would be of interest showing how many stocks could come from a tree selected...

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