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Old 11-23-2012, 11:16 PM   #11
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What is a salt cured stock?
Don't know, but they are getting the new maple stocks from a separate company now.
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What is a salt cured stock?
Back in the 70s Browning was having a hard time finding enough dry wood to make gunstocks. Someone came up with the idea of using salt to draw the water out of the wood. The salt contaminated the stocks and caused vicious rusting, sometimes years later. I've seen some $10,000 guns that were so rusted they couldn't be fired. Browning nearly went out of business over it.

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Welllll---Your more right than wrong. Salt cured wood first showed up on the T-Bolt in 1967 and NO one knew just what the problem was but they found out---and how !! I was there when this all went down but NEVER heard anything about BrowninG going out of business but NO DOUBT cost them BIG TIME. I only seen salt wood on Belgium guns. Even saw it in the 9mm Hi-Power though not much. I worked on some Mauser's that I took the stock off with a wood chisel so that I could get vice grips on the screw heads not to mention opening up the bolt handle with a heavy hammer. I worked on repaired and refinished (re-blued) many,many of these guns. Mauser's, and .22 Autos & T-Bolts were what I did the most but ANYTHING out of Belgium out of Belgium (including some custom stuff) had salt wood on them.
NOW !!! let me also state NOT every gun had salty wood on them--THATS A FACT !!!! But a lot of them did. Fact is that BrowninG was NOT the only manufacturer that bought into salt wood. I have seen Winchester's and M-14's that were salty and even Bishop Stocks got in on a piece of the action.
The idea of using salt was a good idea that worked VERY WELL in the right application (which did NOT include the firearms industry) but somebody wasn't thinking very well. The idea actually goes back into the 1930's and it didn't work well then either but NOBODY did their homework.
Respectfully, Vearl Brown, Browning Gunsmith # 21 (Retired 1999)

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I just got a new T-Bolt and it is the composite stock with the 16" threaded barrel. Everyone picks it up and thinks it's a kids rifle. Then after about a box of rounds down range and I get the same comment, I want this rifle.

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Looking forward to mine. Should be delivered tomorrow.

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Hey that's a nice little rifle. Is it made in the USA or is it made in Japan like all the other Brownings I have seen?

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The rifle I just got was made in Japan.
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Hey that's a nice little rifle. Is it made in the USA or is it made in Japan like all the other Brownings I have seen?
Pretty sure most all of them are made in Japan now.
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Thanks Vearl & Natman. I cannot imagine anyone being that stupid. Just a moments thought would tell you not to put salt on a gunstock.......

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NO SALT in gun stock Wood ??? You should have told that to BrowninG 45 years ago. It would have saved them millions $$$$$.

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