Prices/Services

 

Gunstock Prices

Prices include: recoil pad installed, action glass bedded, and 90% sanded and oiled.  This will be at a better level of finish than nearly all other oil finished walnut stocks you've seen on airguns, but not at what I would consider the 'heirloom' level of perfection.  It can be put into service as is.  We encourage you to learn to do more finishing, and then you'll know how to maintain it and won't be afraid to use the stock.
 
Wood is extra.  You can provide the wood or we have a selection for you to peruse here: Fancy Blanks  Exhibition Blanks)
 
Base Prices:

Sporter stocks: $430 

Sporter thumbhole stocks: $490

 

Field Target stocks: $490 base price, but lots of curves adds considerably to the labor.  Each project is unique.  I can mirror any type of shape you might want that you have an example image of, but keep in mind the more complex the shape, the more the labor.  For example, the normal dished out area of a thumbhole stock has a certain amount of labor involved and is reflected in the price of a thumbhole stock.  But if we were to add a raised edge look around the dished out area, with the surface falling away behind it (as many fancy FT stocks have), that's a bunch more time.  So estimate that for every additional feature beyond the scope of a 'normal' stock, there's two to three additional hours of work.

 

Add a white line (or other color or thin wood) spacer to the recoil pad:  $25

 

Add an exotic wood grip cap: $80 This is a surpisingly labor intensive operation that adds an hour.  Material price can range from $20-$50.

 

Labor for Master creation for a custom shape is FREE with the donation of a factory stock as the starting point, that I can keep (it'll be unusable as a gunstock again anyway).  If we combine the factory stock with a commercially available stock for it's shape, that may have some acquisition cost.

 
NOTE: If I do not own the action your project is for, you will need to provide me with one to use.  We use the action to fit and glass bed it to the stock.  In most cases the original factory stock is sacrificed for it's inletted forearm in the creation of the master for the custom shape.  In the case of a valuable or rare stock that must be preserved, we can copy the inletting into the master for an additional fee.  For any gun for which a factory stock is easily available, it is almost always more time and cost efficient to let us use your factory stock.  It is unlikely you would ever need the factory stock again anyway, but if you did, knowing that replacement stocks are available from the factory will alleviate any concern re. letting us use it to create your custom stock.  If you had thought to sell your factory stock after the new one is finished, typically the cost of having me copy the inletting during the creation of the master so as to preserve the original stock for re-sale is a wash financially, and adds to the time of the job.
 
Install sling swivel studs: $20
 
Cheek piece cut out/riser installation: $80 (one hour at shop rate)
 
Adustable butt installation: $80 (unless it takes no more effort to install than the pad I'd normally put on a stock, but most of the aluminum adjustable systems take some additional work).
 
Mill bottom of forearm for rail: $20
 
Install recoil pad/spacers in a previously finished stock: $50
To be done perfectly (wood and spacers/pad sanded together), the finish will be completely removed and sanding scratches from the belt sander will need to be sanded out.  This price does not include stock refinishing.  If the stock is a factory stained white wood stock refinishing is particularly challenging (we don't refinish stained white wood stocks.  We can refinish walnut).  If you don't want the wood impacted we can shape the pad with a pad shaping jig.  The fit will be quite close and be functional, but not microscopically perfect as when the stock and pad are sanded together.
 
Additional Finishing
 
Basic Finish: About 15 hours of work further along on the finishing process from the point I would normally ship the stock.  Grain pockets are about 90% filled.  $200
 
Heirloom Finish: Completely finished with all grain pockets filled.  Absolutely flawless perfect finish. $400 
 
Checkering/Stippling:
Personally I prefer not to have any stippling or checkering covering up real nice wood on my own guns, but in any case those features are added after finishing.  I specialize in reading wood, creating cool custom shapes, and carving.  Checkering is a whole other specialty that I would rather leave to a specialist.  Checkering specialists I recommend are listed here.
 
Project Time:
It takes about two weeks to carve and finish a stock.  If there are other projects going on, purchase of your piece of wood holds your spot in line.
 
Shop Rate:
For work not listed here, shop rate is $80/hour.
 
Repairs
Billed at shop rate, typically 1-2 hours.  Does not include re-finishing.  Laminate and hardwood stocks that are not stained we can refinish.  We do not refinish stained stocks.
 
Adjustable Hardware Installation:
Milling machine time for the installation of adjustable hardware like butt hooks, adjustable cheek rests, and hamsters/knee rests is billed at shop rate.
 
Shipping:
My preferred shipping in the United States is UPS, signature required.  Let us know if you desire different.  Shipping to other countries: so far USPS Express Mail has been significantly less expensive than UPS. 
 
How much does shipping cost?
Within the continental US the packaging plus shipping of a gunstock runs about $30-$40.  We bill you exactly what we pay for your package.  If shipping your action back as well, those heavier packages with appropriate amounts of insurance run up around $60-$70.  A gunstock shipped overseas via USPS Express runs around $75 + packaging.  Customs duties, broker fees and other taxes associated with shipments to countries outside of the United States are the responsibility of the purchaser.
 
Insurance:
UPS provides the first $100 for free, and $2/$100 additional.  My packages have always arrived safely.  It’s up to you about how much you want to spend on insurance.  UPS charges $2 for signature required if you don't want random theives taking it off your porch.  Unless otherwise instructed, we ship signature required.
 
Sales Tax:
We do not collect any sales tax for orders shipped outside the state of California or to any country outside the U.S.  We are required to collect 8.0% sales tax for orders shipped to California addresses, unless the buyer is purchasing for resale and provides us with a current California resale license.
 
Terms:
Prices listed are cash prices.  I take cash, checks, money orders and will consider trades.  I take credit cards through a merchant credit card processing service and Paypal.  Using either service add 3% processing fees.  Charges processed via credit card will show 'Wine Country Web Services' as the account name (that's my other gig).  Personal checks will wait to clear before shipping.
 
Payment Schedule:
Wood is pre-paid, work is post-paid.
 
Wood is prepaid before carving.  All labor is post-paid, payment due before work will be shipped.  Work unpaid after 30 days will be sold on the open market.  In some cases I might ask for a downpayment if your project requires some special tools that I have to purchase.
 
*Prices subject to change as I continue to refine processes.  
 
Returns:
Returns are not accepted. 
 
Firearms
I do carve stocks for firearms, but I do not have an FFL, and where my shop is located it is unlikely that I would be able to get one.  Therefor firearm stocks can only be taken in without the action, so you will have to do the final fit of the inletting.  If you are local and want to bring me your firearm action for me to do the final fit of the inletting and/or glass bedding, that's fine.  I just can't keep a firearm action overnight.
 
Warranty:
Defects in wood you provide that make it unusable have no warranty.  Wood I provide is warranteed.  If defects in the wood are uncovered while carving that make the stock unuseable I will exchange that wood for a similarly priced piece.  Note: I carve a lot of highly figured wood.  Highly figured wood almost always has some bummers inside in the form of knots, small branches, drying cracks, or voids.  We epoxy fill those.  Since such wood is so rare, only the most exagerated of flaws would deem the piece unusable.
 
If I (horror of horrors) should make a mistake that causes the blank you have chosen to be unusable, I will replace it with one from my collection at equal or greater value.