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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:55 pm 
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Hey, folks, I thought I would include this as it was a question I had when I was considering a new TX200.

Generally, dealers say "Walnut has a lot of variation, but beech looks essentially the same from stock to stock"....

Well, I asked Travis over at AGS if he would be kind enough to let me have the pick of the litter, and these are what he sent.

I am opting for the one with the "wave" pattern in the stock. (There is also a little almost "butterfly?" looking area above the trigger.)

The biggest take away is as per my initial thoughts.... There still significant variation even in beech stocks!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:56 pm 
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Limit of three attachments per post so I had to post two.

Again below is the 2nd rifle I am not picking on the right side.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:57 pm 
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To my eyes, the bottom one looks best


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:04 pm 
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Those are beautiful guns (I have gun envy now).
AGS is really giving you great personalized service there, letting you pick from the litter.
My preference would be to go for the one without the butterfly, but YMMV.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:10 pm 
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sillymike wrote:
To my eyes, the bottom one looks best


Dukemeister wrote:
Those are beautiful guns (I have gun envy now).
AGS is really giving you great personalized service there, letting you pick from the litter.
My preference would be to go for the one without the butterfly, but YMMV.
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I am very appreciative of them doing this for me and have told them as much! I said I was willing to purchase without seeing it, but asked if they wouldn't mind and they were nice enough to oblige.

For me I am a pretty unique lass, and I like that the butterfly and waves make the gun a bit more unique. I will likely refinish it with a walnut stain to darken it and I expect that the patterns will really POP after I treat it!

I plan to follow this process.

https://www.airrifle.co.za/threads/1039 ... X200-stock

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:27 pm 
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That did turn out nicely, Luna & I can understand your "attraction" to the waves.

However, I thought the last one was best,
as well as the to one being second best.

Also, before I forget - Circa 1850 Tung Oil from Home Hardware stores will give a better, harder finish than Danish Oil (with tung)
however the Danish will also work.
Give a good 2 days for the first coat to harden, then a good 24 hours between coats after that. If sufficient time is not given, the finish
will remain "green" and never really harden.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:31 pm 
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My first Mk2 TX200 from the 90s is in beech and still has the original finish from AA. I am not into pretty guns, so it has always been good for me. I like the extra weight of the beech too.

I do have a white paste from Macarri called "Gunstock Mud" that I apply from time to time and it makes the stock more water resistant (see, I'm learning Daryl) and makes the grain pop some. Seems to have some kind of wax in it. Use very sparingly as I have had the same small jar for over 10 years. Not even sure if he still sells it. It is good for any wood stock with any finish on it.

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Wax is good for a stock, applied and polished, over finish. No finish is actually water-proof. They are water resistant only, to varying degrees - some better than others.
Wax improves this water proofing. Birchwood Casey used to sell Gun Stock Wax, which also worked well. My bro finished one Hawken he built, with nothing other than
a good quality beeswax. Applied and heated until the stock would absorb no more. That stock is about as water proof as I've ever seen, including epoxy & the plastic
dipped finishes.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:06 pm 
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Really love the beech version, its what actually brought my attention to this type of rifle... till i bumped into the Walnut. maybe one day theyll consider making a few beech stocks in left handed. Definitely want one


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