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After 39 year of being a commercial aircraft mechanic I have but a few short months until I retire. I'm thinking my retirement gift to myself would be a Kibler SMR. I have seen the way cool fancy maple and while they certainly are beautiful, I'm thinking the SMR was a working man's gun. More utilitarian the a fancy show piece, and I'm that kind of guy. So her in lies the question. What wood would (that's a mouth full);) have been used for the working man's gun back in the day?
 
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I think plain maple would have been very common as a backwoods gunsmith would not always had access to the fanciest of woods everyday, sometimes sure, but not always.

AND, I have some very fancy wood on other guns so I decided to go with plain maple on my SMR......

Now, on the Woodsrunner.....
 
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I like the cherry wood on my SMR - you can make it lighter color like mine or a darker red by using different dyes or solutions - pretty versatile wood species

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I just rreceived my .36 caliber SMR yesterday. Went with the plain maple. It looks like it'll be pretty nice looking after finishing the stock. Like you I really like iron furniture and plain looking guns. I'm pretty plain looking so figure a gun to match only makes sense. Plus I have to believe with a style and intended use of this kind of gun Spartan would be most correct.
 
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I just ordered extra fancy SMR from Jim. My plan is to build a shooter for NMLRA matches I'm not doing any carving or fancy engraving . I love that it comes with iron hardware. People buying guns in the 1700,1800s are no different than today. Some like them pimped out and some like plane Jane. Back then just like today it probably had a lot to do with their income.
 
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After 39 year of being a commercial aircraft mechanic I have but a few short months until I retire. I'm thinking my retirement gift to myself would be a Kibler SMR. I have seen the way cool fancy maple and while they certainly are beautiful, I'm thinking the SMR was a working man's gun. More utilitarian the a fancy show piece, and I'm that kind of guy. So her in lies the question. What wood would (that's a mouth full);) have been used for the working man's gun back in the day?
If you sand, whisker, with devotion, use the best stain (Laurel Mountain? ) hand rub an oil finish, you will have a beautiful stock, figure or plain.
 
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