Originally Posted by SSGN_Doc
There are Pecan trees in Texas. Any tree that bears a large fruit, or nuts is usually a hard wood. Proper curing would be required.
Pecan is in the hickory family and if you ever try to split hickory, you will see that is doesn't split well...though it is hard and difficult to work.
Ash is a really good material to work as is Walnut...similar density and shrinkage/warpage properties.
Maple in the south is predominantly "soft maple" and maple in the north and north east is "hard maple"....just different species groups making them up, but like their namesake, they are different densities and I would not use soft maple for a gun stock.
If you can find it, beech or sycamore is nice too....you may find some hardwood lumber at a small building supply distributor, even in TX
I would not use Pine but Cypress is considered a whittler's wood but is rare as hen's teeth....but maybe since you are close to AR and Louisiana, there may be some available.