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Beretta has introduced the 'X-Tra Wood', which sounds like veneered wood. Do you think this is a good or bad idea for the gun industry?

What is X-Tra Wood?

This wood enhancement finish, exclusively Beretta's, affordably reproduces the rich grain pattern of Beretta's highest quality Premium Grade walnut. The wood core maintains the warmth and feel of wood, while the film and sealant waterproof the entire stock, making it impermeable. The film is protected by a tough scratch-resistant semi gloss lacquer, while the straight-grained wood core guarantees years of use in all shooting environments. Available in 2003 on both the Onyx Pro and AL391 Teknys, the new X-Tra Wood, is covered by a special refinishing program.

Should the consumer damage the finish, Beretta USA will refinish the stock and/or fore-end for a nominal charge. Contact Beretta USA Customer Service for more information. (Program excludes all permanent wood damage or cracking caused by abuse). Now, for the first time, the hunter can use their "Premium Grade" walnut stock without fear of damaging it! Every X-Tra Wood stock is clearly but elegantly identified by the distinctive mark on the bottom of the grip cap.
 

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We have been using laminated items for years. From counter tops, furniture, flooring, etc. The wood glues are stronger than the actual wood so I don't see anything but good from this product.

Now you dont have to spend $3-10 thousand on select wood. It will fill a niche' market for target shooters that want a look without the cost.
 

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Not to mention that a lot of rifle makers have been using laminated stocks for years. All those multicolored ones, among others. Lastly, given that new, quality wood is harder to come by every year, this trend is pretty much inevitable.

-- Sam
 

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There is a touch of difference in the stacked laminates like in plywood or the rifle/pistol stocks, this laminate is more of a veneer just like a formica countertop or much of the oak furniture that has a thin skin of oak or a plastic picture over presswood.

It gives the impression of being something that it really isnt. As long as it holds up, which they do offer a repair option for a small charge it should do fine.
 

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I think it is a good idea. I mean you can get a beautiful looking wood for a hunting gun that you don't have to piss your pants if you come to thick brush or rocky areas. And yeah the price is right too. Like Beretta has done with the Teknys, the silver reciver and the Xtra wood for around $850 the looks of this hunting gun if the wood was real would be in the $1100+ range. but just MHO. :)
 
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