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Gunstocks

Gunstocks are the roots of Dunlap Woodcrafts. From the back of his pick up truck, Wayne Dunlap begun providing gunstocks in 1975 as a part-time business at every shot he attended. Originally, these stocks were processed in Wayne's home basement in Falls Church, VA. Eventually, the day came when the sawdust was unbearable and both, sawdust and Wayne, had to go. For a few years, shop space was shared in different areas of Maryland adjacent to downtown Washington, DC in order for Wayne to go directly from his full time job to the shop couple nights a week. Finally, in March of 1987 Dunlap Woodcrafts moved to our present location in Chantilly, VA.

The wood that we use to obtain our gunstocks is rigorously submitted to a careful drying process design for thick woods. When required, we air-dry, then we kiln-dry to avoid honeycombing (internal checking). This process allows the wood to be stable an docile during the making of the rifle.

We grade our stocks based on the figure they offer and how figure/curl behaves. Nonetheless, this task remains very subjective. The higher the number, the higher the grade. In an effort to provide the best possible and accurate grading, we routinely check and recheck the grade every time we get to handle a gunstock.

In our shop, we have and trace two universal blank shape gunstocks patterns that can accommodate 95% of the long rifles. Our Universal #1 blank, features a generous drop capable of yielding a Rupp or a Bedford county rifle. Our Universal #2 blank was created to maximize yield and be able to utilize planks (a thick board) that are not too wide. Hence, our Universal #2 blank is the perfect size blank to build a Lancaster style rifle. Both stocks can easily fit a 16" pull, and are typically provided with a thickness between 2 3/8" and 2 1/2".

Curly Maple Rifle Stocks

Grade Description Sugar Maple Red Maple Halfstocks Sugar & Red
1 Straight Grain $70.00 $60.00 $25.00
2 Curl over 30% of Length $70.00 $60.00 $20.00
3 Curl over 75% of Length in an irregular manner $80.00 $70.00 $25.00
4 Curl Full Length, uneven in some areas and/or sides $90.00 $80.00 $30.00
5 Even Curl Full Length. May be shallow in some areas $120.00 $110.00 $45.00
6 Fine Even Curl Full Length $150.00 $140.00 $60.00
7 Exceptionally Fancy Curl or Figure $175.00+ $150.00+ $90.00+

American Black Walnut & Cherry Rifle Stocks

Grade Description Fullstock Halfstock
1 Straight Grain $120.00 $60.00
2 Moderate Curl or Burl $135.00 $80.00
3 Good Curl or Burl $150.00 $110.00
4 Exceptionally Fancy Curl or Burl $175.00+ $140.00+

Beech, Red Oak & White Ash, Rifle Stock Blanks

Grade Description Fullstock Halfstock
1 Straight Grain $75.00 $20.00
2 Moderate Curl or Burl $100.00 $50.00
3 Good Curl or Burl $125.00 $90.00
4 Exceptionally Fancy Curl or Burl $150.00+ $100.00+

English Walnut Rifle Stock Blanks are available

We try to maintain a constant supply of true English walnut gunstocks in different grades. We offer full-stocks for Fowlers, Brown Bess, and guns like those. Additionally, we can also provide half-stocks for single and double barrel shotguns and modern gunstocks in different thickness. Fancy pistol stocks available too, please inquire with your needs. We price English walnut based on what it offers.
Note, the nature of English walnut is to have sapwood in abundance.

Pistol Stock Blanks (No discounts)
Species Type Straight-Grained Moderately-Figured Highly-Figured
Maple Fullstock $10.00 $15.00 $20.00+
Maple Halfstock $8.00 $12.00 $15.00
Cherry/Ash/Walnut/Beech Fullstock $10.00 $15.00 $20.00+
Cherry/Ash/Walnut/Beech Halfstock $5.00 $8.00 $10.00
English Walnut Fullstock $15.00 $20.00 $30.00+

Availability Notes

1. All of the above stocks are kiln-dried to between 6 and 8 percent moisture content.

2. For maple stocks, Sugar Maple will be provided upon request when available.

3. Inquire for prices and availability of English and West coast Walnut.

4. All of the above blanks are normally 2 3/8 to slightly more than 2 inches thick, with the full stocks taking 42 to 28 inch long barrels with a 15+ inch pull. Limited quantities of extra thick and/or long blanks are available. All fullstock pistol blanks will take a minimum of 10 inch barrels unless otherwise requested. See terms below.

5. All of the above woods are also available for Bench and Buffalo guns, modern gunstocks, knives, tomahawks, and musical instruments. Please inquire for prices and availability.

Terms and conditions

1. 25% discount for any three or more rifle blanks or 3 or more pistol blanks per order.

2. Extra thick and extra long blanks are an additional 20%.

3. We ship via Fedex Ground. Shipping and handling: $27.50 for one stock. Two or more please inquire.

4. Check our Forms of Payment here.