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Old 10-12-2020, 01:20 AM
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Options on wood for Model 12?

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Hi, everyone. I'm not new to this site, but pretty new to this forum. I've had a BSA Martini Model 12 sitting in the safe for several years now, and I've decided that it's time to show it some love. The stock is a bit rough, as you can see in the photo:

There's that roughly-repaired crack and the weird hole right behind the receiver. The forend is OK, so I have a couple of options: replace the stock only and try to match the finish to the forend, or replace both.

Not being much of a woodworker, I'd like something that's drop-in, but I realize that there might not be anything like that available for such an old rifle. I've seen some options for "semi-finished," and I'm wondering how much work that would require. I have a buddy who is a good woodworker -- a cabinetmaker by trade -- and he owes me a favor, so I could probably get him involved in anything tricky.

So ... what are the good sources? I would even consider used parts if in good condition.
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Treebone Carving supplies blanks. Remember that the Model 12 (and 12/15) are thicker actions than the Cadets, so there needs to be extra wood left at the point where the wood meets the action.

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In this day of "erector-set" firearms, it seems harder to find someone that can carve a stock. We as a community cannot afford to lose those with that skill set.
Yet it is the demand for these skills that keep it alive. So get some great wood and bang on the internet and call around.
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Dear toivo, Were I in your predicament, I would call Chesebro Rifles at 661.557.2442 and speak to Mark. I bought a real nice Model 12 from him several years ago and found that he really knows his way around Martini rifles.

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Some thoughts and possible leads on your rifle/stocks.

First of all, are you sure it's a M12? Since you only show part of it, it's hard to say, but it sure looks like a M13 to me with that fore-end and the take-down feature. Barrel length/profile and the presence of any Canadian military markings will determine it one way or the other.

As for original type wood, I'd say there are at least three options.
1. Ebay or firearm auction sites (or a WTB ad in the classifieds here)
2. The shop at Front Royal; John Appleton's shop that is still being run on a limited basis by his family. He had lots of martinis and parts.
3. Gunstocks Inc. and/or CPA should have what you need as well.
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The rifle is deserving of at least a couple of A's describing the figure, and both pieces need to match, gives you a chance to refine the shape of both stocks, might as well search out a fine steel buttplate too.

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