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 Post subject: New 694 Owner... Questions!
PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 8:51 pm 
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Hi everyone, first post here. I just picked up a 694 LH 32" B-Fast to replace my older Citori Lightening Sporting clays edition gun.

While I love the 694s palm swell and fit to me so far, I'm a bit unimpressed with the stock fit to the receiver. It seems like all the joints are bulky.

Is this common?




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 Post subject: Re: New 694 Owner... Questions!
PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 4:55 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: New 694 Owner... Questions!
PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 5:10 pm 
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The wood is traditionally left proud to allow for refinishing in 75 years or so.


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 Post subject: Re: New 694 Owner... Questions!
PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 6:38 pm 
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Is there a gun that doesn’t have that?


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 Post subject: Re: New 694 Owner... Questions!
PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 7:07 pm 
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Thanks everyone. I just wasn't used to seeing that. My Citori is much more flush than that, as is my Winchester 101. That being said, I don't think they're accounting for refinishing down the road either.

I appreciate the feedback!


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 Post subject: Re: New 694 Owner... Questions!
PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 7:19 pm 
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I sincerely doubt it's related to refinishing in the future. It's got to be much easier to make the wood proud than to actually try to get a perfect fit.


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 Post subject: Re: New 694 Owner... Questions!
PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2021 7:38 am 
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birdhunter39 wrote:
Is there a gun that doesn’t have that?


I have a Browning Sporting Clays edition where the wood has a 100% perfect fit. However it was picked up used and I had to refinish it because the previous owner didn't know how to block sand a stock when he re-finished it. It was the waviest piece of wood I've ever seen on a gun. So after being re-finished TWICE this Browning has a wonderful fit. Good news for me is at 66 years old I expect I won't ever have to re-finish this Browning again. As for it's next owner, he'll either have to apply some solid wood veneer or purchase a new stock if it ever needs to be re-finished.

Point is that fit you are complaining about now will be a real positive in 20 or 30 years when you tired old finish is due for a strip and re-finish.

PS; I just realized that my Browning is a Sporting Clays Lightning. Always wondered about the Prince of Wales stock on my Browning and your post gave me the explanation for that somewhat rare variant. I won't accuse you of being the idiot who did such a poor re-finish on my Browning, I picked mine up 2 years ago. However I will warn you that you may miss that Browning because mine is a perfect fit for me.


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 Post subject: Re: New 694 Owner... Questions!
PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2021 11:00 am 
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Oh, my Browning isnt going anywhere. Its a fabulous gun. My wife recently took a shine to Sporting clays, and shoots the gun very well, so She stole it.

Honestly, I don't think I have ever sold a gun...

The more I look at the stock, honestly, I am enamored with the grain and pattern, so Im sure the fit issue will go away soon.


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 Post subject: Re: New 694 Owner... Questions!
PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2021 11:07 am 
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birdhunter39 wrote:
I sincerely doubt it's related to refinishing in the future. It's got to be much easier to make the wood proud than to actually try to get a perfect fit.


I agree 100% {hs#


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 Post subject: Re: New 694 Owner... Questions!
PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2021 6:53 pm 
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birdhunter39 wrote:
I sincerely doubt it's related to refinishing in the future. It's got to be much easier to make the wood proud than to actually try to get a perfect fit.


Yes, it is probably much more cost efficient to set up the machines to produce stocks which are always somewhat proud, rather than having the machining tolerances occasionally produce an undersized stock requiring scrapping.

The refinishing angle is of real benefit, though. Recently saw a K-80 combo for $7k, and couldn't help but notice the wood was receded from refinishing.

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 Post subject: Re: New 694 Owner... Questions!
PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2021 9:09 pm 
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birdhunter39 wrote:
I sincerely doubt it's related to refinishing in the future. It's got to be much easier to make the wood proud than to actually try to get a perfect fit.


Gun stocks today are CnC machined. If Beretta wanted to do a perfect flush fit that is simply a matter of re-programming. Guns that are used do get beat up and and when they get too ugly they do get re-finished. BTW I have a Browning Sporting Clays Lightning that I paid just 600 dollars for because it was in severe need of a refinish. Something that I actually enjoy doing.




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