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Memorial Day weekend is a special time in Kerrville, Texas. Hordes of artisans descend on my parent’s small town. Among the kitsch and pottery, I found some hand-engraved gunstocks for a Remington 700 and 870 that I don’t own. Now I’ve never really had a thing for “artsy” gun items, but having a one of a kind engraving job done is pretty cool stuff in an heirloom sort of way. Send these folks a wood gun stock and somewhere in the neighborhood of $1100 and you can have something a little more, uh, interesting engraved on your butt. [Contact via]

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  1. This is one of the best aspects of gun ownership IMO.

    You, nobody else, YOU get to choose how you want to “trick-out” your weapons.

    Since I love to make furniture, I would think nothing of plunking down 1K for a quality made oak, maple, mahogany, or other exotic hardwood, stock with a one of a kind engraving by an artist of this caliber.

    Even if the engravings are stock or templated if they are done by hand they will all be just a little bit different and when you are talking about that kind of money customers have a BIGTIME say into what will be engraved.

    If I ever have that kind of money to blow on a stock I will send you guys a picture!

    • No.

      Consider a custom rifle built on a war suplus Mauser 98 action. You can get a Mauser 98 action in good shape for… oh, $200.

      Put a $1200 stock blank on it, inlet & carve the stock from said blank (which looks like a really thick plank), then polish the action & bottom metal, shape the trigger bow, jewel the bolt, engrave the magazine bottom plate, put on a custom barrel, etc, etc etc… and in a few months, you have a rifle that sells for north of $5K to $8K.

      From a war-surplus action that cost you $200. Maybe the whole surplus rifle cost you $250.

  2. Really pretty work. The cost is high but look at it from an art stand point not a gun stand point.

  3. Tyler, if you’re impressed by that, you would be blown away at some of the stuff at the Dallas Safari Club conventions. One stock maker had a M1D Garand sitting in a fully engraved Mesquite burl stock. I can’t even remember the number of zeros on the tag…..

  4. Tyler,

    Are you telling us that you’ve got “wood” over these stocks, so to speak?

    My advice before spending so much $ on the least functional part of a (much cheaper gun–to Ralph’s point), take a cold shower and then dab some Hoppes #9 behind your ears. The feeling should pass.

    Or, save the $ not buying a carved stock and put it towards a better optic.

    • take a cold shower and then dab some Hoppes #9 behind your ears

      Sounds like me, getting ready for a date.

      • Ralph, sounds like me too. And as to plunking down rightious cash for an engraved wooden stock? I love quality wood on rifles. I know that a lot of folks here tend to embrace the black rifles with plastic handles and I totally understand the thinking behind that. I own a couple of ’em myself, but the beauty of a rifle with a nice piece of highly figured walnut carefully fitted is a joy to my eyes. YMMV

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