Shoot- Off Woody2 ©™ our fine blanks are graded using the European grading system for blanks used by the suppliers of “Turkish” walnut.
Today it is impossible to know the exact origin of high-grade English walnut, but most of it is classified as Turkish as it originates from Turkey and the countries in that region. For a Shoot- Off Woody2 ©™ contact us at Shoot-Off UK. Tel +44 (0) 7368 159 782 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Keith@shootoff.uk
Class 1 – The proverbial “fence post” walnut, fast grown open-pored and completely plain, used on entry level guns only.
Class 2 – Good straight grain walnut with smaller pores than the Class one, generally very little figure, blanks of this grade will usually end up on the low end of A grade.
Class 2.5 – Like Class 2 but with some figure, will produce a stock in the A to AA grade.
Class 3 – Well figured blank, generally used on higher quality guns such as the Beretta 687EELL or Browning grade V. It will finish out in the AA to AAA grade range.
Class 3.5 – Blanks which will be fancier than the Class three and will be in the AAA range bordering the Exhibition grade.
Class 4 – These blanks are considered in the “Best” category and will definitely finish out as Exhibition grade. These blanks will be superior in the figure and colour contrast.
Class 4.5 – A Class 4 blank with extravagant features which deem it above and beyond the Class 4 standard.
Class 5 – The finest blank available at any price, these are the rarest of all gunstock blanks, for example, of 100 Class 4 and 4.5 blanks, one may find one blank so exceptional it is considered as Class 5.
The finished stocks are then graded A – AA – AAA – EXHIBITION.
A GRADE = GOOD QUALITY ENGLISH WALNUT WITH APPROXIMATELY 25% FIGURE IN BOTH SIDES OF STOCK BEHIND WRIST.
AA GRADE=GOOD QUALITY ENGLISH WALNUT WITH APPROXIMATELY 50% FIGURE IN BOTH SIDES OF STOCK BEHIND WRIST.
AAA GRADE =
PREMIUM GRADE ENGLISH WALNUT WITH APPROXIMATELY 75% FIGURE IN BOTH SIDES OF STOCK BEHIND WRIST.
EXHIBITION GRADE = PREMIUM GRADE ENGLISH WALNUT WITH APPROXIMATELY 75% OR MORE FIGURE IN BOTH SIDES OF STOCK BEHIND WRIST, WITH A SIMILAR PATTERN ON BOTH SIDES OF STOCK.