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pablo_mauser_66
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Bubinga Rifle Stock
      #171668 - 19/11/10 08:29 AM

I recently bought 33 inches of Bubinga that will dress an Oberndorf that I'm getting rebarreled to 10.75x68 Mauser. I've found a few references on various timber sites stating ' It is to this day the gunwood of choice for many South African safari guides ' Yet I haven't seen any hunting hunting rifle with a Bubinga stocks ? Has anybody got a pic of any said rifle or experinces ?. I have found BR rifles stocked in Bubinga. Bubinga is getting extremely difficult to source in Australia and I know of only one supplier.

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Re: Bubinga Rifle Stock [Re: pablo_mauser_66]
      #171673 - 19/11/10 10:31 AM

I had never heard of bubinga until your post so i looked it up..the gum pockets hopefully wont be in your wood.

Pics of rifle blanks show it to be 'blooody nice wood"

About Bubinga Lumber:

Botanical Name
Guibourtia Demeusei

Other Names
African Rosewood, Essingang, Buvenga

Mechanical Properties
Low steam bending characteristics and exudation of gum pockets can be troublesome.

Working Properties
Works easily with hand or power tools. Reduced cutting angle recommended for interlocked grain. Moderate to severe blunting of cutters. Pre-drilling required for nailing. Gluing can be difficult due to gum pockets. Stains easily and can be brought to an excellent finish.

Durability
Moderately durable. Susceptible to attack by common furniture beetle. Heartwood is resistant to preservative treatment. Sapwood is permeable.

Seasoning
Dries easily with little degradation, although it will exude gum. Stable in use.

Uses
Primarily used as a veneer for cabinetwork, furniture, and paneling. Also used for knife handles, and fancy goods.

Comments
Rotary cut veneer is known as "Kevasingo" and has wild, swirling, veined figure


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Re: Bubinga Rifle Stock [Re: gryphon]
      #171675 - 19/11/10 10:54 AM

Had Bubinga grips on my first M29 - very nice indeed.

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Re: Bubinga Rifle Stock [Re: Daryl_S]
      #171678 - 19/11/10 11:19 AM

Gryphon, I dropped the bubinga off with my stock maker and he was well pleased with the quality of the timber. He has done a few before (years ago) and he emphasised that the profiling although a little slower and it being a little more prone to splintering, the result can be stunning. When I mentioned the price of the timber and the fact that he can get two stocks out of it his eyes lit up and he asked if I would select some of the planks available for himself.

http://www.6mmbr.com/gunweek089.html


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Re: Bubinga Rifle Stock [Re: pablo_mauser_66]
      #171680 - 19/11/10 11:41 AM

nice stuff alright,i looked here also.

http://www.oldtreegunblanks.com/rifleblanks.php?woodid=14


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Re: Bubinga Rifle Stock [Re: gryphon]
      #171687 - 19/11/10 03:56 PM

Looks to be very straight grained.
How does the grain flow if cut from a crotch or trunk to root section?

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Re: Bubinga Rifle Stock [Re: Huvius]
      #171827 - 21/11/10 08:22 PM

Huvius I cant answer your question re grain flow.

Unfortunately these pics were taken with a blackberry as my camera was flat. Wood looks pink, but when you wet it turns redish. Hoping to have the stock done by Feb. A second stock will profiled for a Sako 358 later next year



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Re: Bubinga Rifle Stock [Re: pablo_mauser_66]
      #172151 - 27/11/10 12:06 PM

Sauer made a model called 'Grand African' that was only available in .458" Winchester Magnum and fully stocked it in African bubinga wood. I'm not sure if this referred only to the Model 80 marketed by Colt in the US as the Colt-Sauer, or if it was only the Model 90 or both.

I attended the SCI Show in Melbourne some years ago and there was one there. It was pretty heavy in part, I recall, because of the barrel thickness, but perhaps due in part too to stock density. I have seen a book of all the various commercial woods of the world that included their relative weights and this might be the sort of thing that would throw some light on the matter. Having said that, extra weight in many .458 Win. Mag. rifles would be no bad thing. The dark wood on that Sauer rifle looked really up-market.

My .375 H&H Sauer Model 90 is standard walnut, "Grand Alaskan" and, without the bull-barrel arrangement, (in fact it has an optional shorter barrel). It handles and points like a dream. I've only come across one 10.75x68, an original Mauser, one of the very earliest ones. The owner has my number !


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Re: Bubinga Rifle Stock [Re: pablo_mauser_66]
      #172175 - 28/11/10 02:07 AM

My 10,75x68 DWM Mauser is stocked with bubinga.

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Re: Bubinga Rifle Stock [Re: grandveneur]
      #172201 - 28/11/10 08:49 AM

Grandveneur I'd love to see some pics of your 10.75 !

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Re: Bubinga Rifle Stock [Re: pablo_mauser_66]
      #172211 - 28/11/10 10:21 AM

I send pictures soon as possible, but be patient, i am not a specialist for this one !

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Re: Bubinga Rifle Stock [Re: grandveneur]
      #172630 - 05/12/10 02:42 AM



Hello ! The 10,75x68 with a bubinga stock !















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Re: Bubinga Rifle Stock [Re: grandveneur]
      #172648 - 05/12/10 12:04 PM

@CptCurl

Thanks !


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Re: Bubinga Rifle Stock [Re: grandveneur]
      #172666 - 05/12/10 11:03 PM

grandveneur, you are welcome. Nice rifle.

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Re: Bubinga Rifle Stock [Re: CptCurl]
      #172712 - 06/12/10 05:49 PM

Nice rifle the bubinga looks a treat
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Re: Bubinga Rifle Stock [Re: mauser57]
      #172720 - 07/12/10 12:35 AM

Bubinga is a rosewood and works like it. Harder than walnut, but doesn't have as much impact resistance. It can take a glass like finish as it is naturaly oily as all rosewoods are. Smells nice too, kind of like nutmeg.

I made dozens of knife handles from bubinga. Never had a problem with gum pockets, but the wood was well seasoned.

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Re: Bubinga Rifle Stock [Re: baileybradshaw]
      #172964 - 12/12/10 09:19 AM

One stockmaker in England, Don Robinson, advertises that he makes stocks in bubinga. Check out his website, www.guns4u2.co.uk

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Re: Bubinga Rifle Stock [Re: grandveneur]
      #319844 - 14/09/18 07:49 PM

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Re: Bubinga Rifle Stock [Re: NitroX]
      #319846 - 14/09/18 08:18 PM

Too late !

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