Wood Finishes and Grains

Boyds Hardwood Gunstocks come in a variety of wood grains and finishes. Below are the definitions of the different descriptions we use to describe our gunstocks. Click here to view our Custom Wood Grains and Finishes.

Finished

Factory fit and finished references stocks that have been machined to fit our House Action and sanded, then finished with one of Boyds superior finishes. Factory fit stocks can be pulled from the box and bolted to your firearm with no fitting; however, on occasion, slight variations of individual guns may occur, requiring slight fitting that a novice should be able to perform. Please consult a competent and qualified gunsmith if you need assistance. A competent and qualified gunsmith is defined as a person who, at a minimum, works for your firearm manufacturers warranty or service center OR a person who has had 10 years or more of gunstock installation experience and has graduated from a gunsmith college with at least a two-year Associate Arts & Science (A.A.S.) degree in gunsmithing.


House Actions

House actions refer to the steel we use to fit our gunstocks. It is quite common to find variations in the metal of like firearms. Therefore, for our fitting purposes, we choose a representative barreled action of make and model which has been deemed correct by our Engineering staff.  From this action, Boyds’ machines a 0.020” to 0.040” clearance between wood and metal fit, including barrel channels unless otherwise specified. This is done to accommodate for variations within firearm manufacturing ranges and minor fluctuations of wood moisture content during manufacturing processes. For those customers desiring an exact fit between wood and metal, this designed clearance provides the space needed for bedding.  When machining barrel channels, unless stated otherwise, we will use the manufacturer's standard sporter barrel. When machining Mauser actions, Boyds will typically use a #1 contour barrel.


Unfinished

Factory fit and unfinished references stocks that have been machined to fit our House Action and sanded. Factory fit stocks can be pulled from the box and bolted to your firearm with no fitting; however, on occasion, slight variations of individual guns may occur, requiring slight fitting that a novice should be able to perform.  Exteriors are completely shaped, and broad faces of stocks are rough sanded to an 80 or 100 grit scratch pattern. Minor machining marks may be present, and final finish sanding and finish are required. Please consult a competent and qualified gunsmith if you need assistance.*A competent and qualified gunsmith is defined as a person who, at a minimum, works for your firearm manufacturers warranty or service center OR a person who has had 10 years or more of gunstock installation experience and has graduated from a gunsmith college with at least a two-year Associate Arts & Science (A.A.S.) degree in gunsmithing.


Semi-Inlet

Semi-Inlet parts refer to parts that have been completely shaped and 95% machine inlet. Therefore, your semi inlet product may require a significant amount of modification to achieve acceptable fit and clearance for your firearm. We have left proud wood over metal so you can do the final fitting to get that perfect wood-to-metal fit. Stocks are rough sanded to an 80 grit scratch pattern and minor machining marks may be present. No swivel stud mounting holes are provided. Unless otherwise specified, gunstocks are shipped with a Boyds' butt plate. Please consult a competent and qualified gunsmith if you need assistance. *A competent and qualified gunsmith is defined as a person who, at a minimum, works for your firearm manufacturers warranty or service center OR a person who has had 10 years or more of gunstock installation experience and has graduated from a gunsmith college with at least a two-year Associate Arts & Science (A.A.S.) degree in gunsmithing.