Welcome to Scott Gun Stocks
We are a family enterprise, offering high-quality Julgens Regia Walnut for the gun making trade. Our premier stock blanks are cut from ancient rootstocks harvested in the mountains of Armenia, cut to our specifications, and carefully dried. These stock blanks have narrow growth rings, small pores, and smooth machining texture.
Our stock patterns have been designed to accommodate a wide range of potential projects. Most are long enough to construct a full stock flintlock sporting rifle or long barreled Mannlicher. Any of these blanks can be shortened to create modern shorter rifles or two-piece projects.
We are listing details of each stock blank pictured to enable the customer to fully evaluate the stock. Some blanks were purchased with one year of air drying. We will do our best to keep the site updated as to the moisture status of these blanks. Any moisture content listed will have been determined by the use of a Wagner MMC220, a state-of-the-art pinless moisture meter.
Blanks that are drying will be sold at a rate commensurate with the time remaining to have them ready for use. Buying these for future inventory will reflect a monetary savings.
We have a smaller number of walnut stock blanks that were acquired from sources here in Oregon. Each of these will have descriptions and origin.
Our premium root cut Armenian gun stock blanks are harvested from 300- to 500-year-old Julgens Regia trees that have outlived their ability to produce nuts. These enormous trees are excavated from the soil and stored for a year to reduce pressure. Cants of 2 7/8 (7.5 cm) to 3 3/8 (8.5 cm) are carefully cut to create the best possible grain from these irregularly shaped root balls and trunks. These cants are dried for 15 days to reveal any ingrown cracks and relieve inherent pressures. Patterns are drawn on the cants to maximize the grain flow and color pattern, then band sawed. The stock blanks are stored for two months in a cool, dark environment to ensure an initial slow, constant moisture release. Many of our stocks are purchased at this stage.
Some of our stock blanks have been dried for us by our supplier in Armenia. We will note these in our description of individual stocks. Our supplier has offered the following description of its drying process.
Stock blanks are placed in a German-built dehydrating unit, specifically programmed for drying valuable hardwoods in 7.5 to 8.5 cm thickness. The drying process varies from two and a half to eleven months, beginning with a temperature of 59 degrees F, and finishing at 100.4 degrees F. This programmed and monitored process dehumidifies stocks with a very gradual temperature increase and controlled rate of moisture release. This ensures that the stocks dry consistently without the seasonal and environmental fluctuations that occur when subjected to natural drying. We feel that these stocks dried by our supplier are as structurally sound as those that have been naturally dried. Knowing that there are personal preferences to each type of drying, we offer both, and specify the drying method in each stock description.
Please note that root cut stocks may include minor imperfections. These are inherent with the changing grain direction that characterize burl and stump wood. Many of the finest European firearms may show carefully filled details. We guarantee our blanks against structural defects, but not the small imperfections previously described.