Black Cherry & American Black Walnut gunstock for a Remington 600

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Project by HalDougherty posted 06-22-2010 01:30 AM 9080 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This stock is very much like the other thumbhole stocks I’ve carved to fit a Remington 600/660 rifle. This one is one of my favorites. It’s wild cherry on the outside and black walnut and cherry on the inside laminates. The cherry has a lot of grain and color showing. I’ve wet sanded it with tung oil and steel wool to smooth the stock. The cherry doesn’t have the pores that need to be filled like walnut. The tung oil brings out the beautiful color and grain of the cherry. The stock is fresh and the cherry will age to a deep chestnut color. Each laminate is from the same log so as the cherry darkens the laminates should stay close to each other in color. There is some sapwood present and it will always be lighter than the rest. The contrast should be beautiful. With cherry you just can’t tell what it’s going to look like till it ages… The last photo is the bench I used to support the stocks for these photos. I included it because the grain of the cherry is so beautiful. The slab the bench is made from is the first flitch from the cherry log and it’s unusable for gunstocks because it’s almost all sapwood. The rest of the log is dry enough to carve. I can’t wait to see what a gunstock carved from one of these slabs looks like.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 06-22-2010 07:57 AM

Wow A Remington 600, Years ago I have re-stocked a few of these for the locals in Humboldt. What caliber? Beautiful stock, did you make the blank? Congrats

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#3 posted 06-22-2010 02:11 PM


I start from logs… And make the blanks for almost all my stocks. Most of my own rifles are target/varmint type rifles and I like laminates for stability. So, most of the stocks I make for customers are the same type. The more stocks I carve, the less I like one combination over the other. Each one is different and beautiful in it’s own way.

My Model 600 is in .308. The thumbhole design helps reduce the ‘felt’ recoil a lot. I’ve also got a Model 660 in 350 Remington Magnum. It has more recoil, but it’s less of a sharp stab and more of a push. One of my project pages shows my carving duplicator and the process from turning a blank into a stock.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 06-22-2010 02:23 PM

That is a beautiful gun stock. Very impressive!

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#5 posted 06-23-2010 06:10 AM

Great looking stock. Now educate me in the finer points of Remington. I’m knowledgeable in firearms but the difference in a Rem 600 and a 700 escapes me. Please fill me in. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 06-23-2010 01:13 PM

A Gorgeous Stock!

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 06-23-2010 01:25 PM

The Model 600 actually started as the action from the Remington XP-100 pistol. The pistol action was a short round action that was very much like a Model 700 action. They later opened the bottom of the action for a magazine (The XP-100 is a single shot pistol) added a longer barrel, designed a new trigger and made a short carbine from it. The 600 series was to be a short handy carbine. Only the gun buying public stayed away in droves. The rifle was produced with an 18.5” barrel, tacky looking plastic rib, plastic trigger guard, and a dog leg shaped bolt. The gun magazine reviews didn’t have very much to say about the 600 that was positive. They did say the rifles were very accurate. I know mine is. I was in our local hardware store in 1963 and they had a display showing the XP-100 the new Model 600 and one of the 600 magnums. I was just a kid, but I wanted all of them. I liked the short, handy carbine for hunting, the bolt was in the perfect place to quickly crank out a second shot and I didn’t have a lifetime of experience that told me the rib and laminated stock were silly looking. I still think the 600 looks better than the 660.

There were only a total of 94,028 600s made and 50,536 660s made. Remington 600—350 Rem. Mag—9373 manufactured. Remington 660—350 Rem. Mag—3312 manufactured. Other than some war produced German Model 98’s with laminated stocks, the magnum versions of the 600 & 660 were the first factory rifles produced with laminated stocks. After seeing one of the 600 rifles in 350 magnum when I was a kid and not being able to afford it may have a lot to do with the laminated stocks I carve for target & varmint rifles now. The glue lines and the way the grain in each laminate compliments each other for stability is the main reason I want one on my varmint style rifles. Plus I just like the way the different color of walnut maple and/or cherry combine in the finished stock. The most beautiful wood is the most unstable… But, put it on the outside with 3 or more laminations and it’s a different story. You get the beauty of fantastic wood on the outside that looks like a real hardwood stock, and the interior laminations give the strength and stability you need in an accurate rifle.

Here’s an article about the history of the 600. You can google or yahoo Remington Model 600 and find out a lot more. (that’s what I did for the numbers produced) They sure didn’t produce very many of them. I wish they still made them. I’d buy two of them. One in 222 and the other in 6mm.

I can’t wait to see how the cherry darkens over time. I put the stock in the sun yesterday and turned it every hour. It’s changing to a beautiful rich chestnut color.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 06-24-2010 10:14 AM

NOt sure which one I like better this one or the Walnut one. Course both look great.

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#9 posted 07-23-2010 04:28 AM

Gorgeous stock design and wood selection : )

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#10 posted 07-23-2010 05:59 AM

Very nice stocks. I love the figured cherry

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#11 posted 08-03-2010 04:56 PM

Wow, that is an awesome stock. Kudos!

-- Lori, NC piedmont

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#12 posted 02-01-2011 12:17 AM

I took more photos of this stock today and it’s much darker than the original photos. I love how cherry changes color as it matures into a rich, deep color. Each piece of cherry is different and every stock I make is from, not only the same log, but as close in the log as I can get.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#13 posted 03-16-2011 11:02 AM

fantastic looking stock, canot get good lumber her in the uk

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