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Walnutty confusion: different walnut types for gun stocks


Q: I find the different names for walnut quite puzzling. Two seemingly identical pieces of wood are called English or French walnut. But what is the difference between Claro and Bastogne?

— Nigel Bowman

A: English, French and other European walnuts are members of the species Juglans regia. The location provides the country’s designation, although most European walnut now comes from Turkiye.

American black walnut (Juglans nigra) comes largely from the Missouri River valley.

Claro or California walnut (Juglans californica) comes from the Golden State, as does another species often marketed as Claro, Juglans hindsii, or Hinds walnut.

When Hinds walnut and Juglans regia are cross-pollinated, the result is Bastogne walnut.

 

 

 


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Nick Harvey

The late Nick Harvey (1931-2024) was one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He wrote about firearms and hunting for about 70 years, published many books and uncounted articles, and travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject was unmatched. He was Sporting Shooter's Technical Editor for almost 50 years. His work lives on here as part of his legacy to us all.

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