Savage Model 440, 444, O/U Replacement Forearm-Forend
Machine rough inlet walnut replacement forend for Savage Models 440 and 444 O/U 12-gauge Shotguns.
Stocks are intentionally cut oversized and maybe cut generic to fit several other different models of the same gun. Additional final inlets, shaping, and fitting will need to be completed on the customer end.
Item is not finished as it may appear. It has only been rubbed down with mineral spirits to enhance the grain. Grain patterns will also vary from the examples. Read more below >
All sales are final, no returns. Only exchanges will be accepted if the wrong item was ordered and it is unaltered.
International Customers: Sorry, we do not ship gun stocks outside the US.
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Replacement stocks are in very high demand. Generally, stocks and forends in standard grade walnut will ship within two-four weeks. At times, a stock or forend may need to be cut. Depending on the season these may take several more weeks to cut. We do not have an electronic inventory with the shop and they can sell out very quickly from one day to the next. Please be patient, as many of our custom products may need to be crafted, ship times may run up to 6-8 weeks. This is a small family shop, one of only a few left doing replacement stocks.
Higher grades and different custom woods are available.
Our unfinished and uncheckered gun stocks and forends are generally purchased by accomplished woodworkers, gunsmiths, and others, who are familiar with the term rough machine inletted and who have access to the tools, equipment, and knowledge needed for safe gun stock fittings.
The major shaping and inletting will already be completed to get you started. Some notches or spring holes may only be roughed in or the location marked to finish hand inletting during the fitting.
Stocks and forends are intentionally cut oversized including the inletting from the original patterns. This is to leave the room during the hand fitting process for a good fit and the removal of any machining marks. You may need to remove anywhere from 1/16” to as much as 1” of material in some areas. Keep in mind older guns may have been modified, reshaped, or refinished over the years and may be smaller than the originals. Many of the older guns also had parts handmade, therefore, the extra material has been left in to compensate for variations as not one part may be exact to the next.
Some blade chatter leaving rough spots may occur around pistol grips and cheekpieces that will need to be filed and sanded to finish shaping.
Some shotgun and other stocks may even have additional material left in certain parts of the stock to allow for such things as comb adjustment.
Narrow strips of wood (bridging) may be left at the top of the inlet on some forends to bridge the sides for shipping. Gun stocks with long thin sides that will fit around a receiver may also have the very end of that opening left bridged with the remaining inletting completed. This bridging helps to protect the most fragile areas until the parts are ready to begin the fitting process. Bridging is easily removed with a small hand saw.
The more popular the model the more closely the stock and forend will be sent for that specific model.
To cut down on duplicate inventory, one generic stock or forend may be used for several different models and those years they were manufactured. These guns may have also been sold under different names but used the same stock and forend such as many of the Stevens and Savage models.
If the stock manufacturer made a radical change in models for one period to the next, those stocks will have their own specific identity to order such as the Winchester Pre-and Post-64 era stock selections.
Generic cut stocks and forends that will fit several models may require some additional minor inletting by the customer for specific adaptations, recessed parts, and accessories that were not carried over to all model years. This might include such things as a longer tang cutout, a recessed commemorative plate, a fancy trigger inset, a slight modification for the receiver or barrel.
Specific to a forend modified for such things as a shell ejector, those will likely come undrilled as most will have to be properly aligned and drilled at the time it’s being hand-fitted to the barrel.
Unfinished stocks may have natural cosmetic imperfections such as minor knots, burls, heartwood, mineral lines, or minor cosmetic fill work that will be needed before finishing. These are not considered a defect.
If you do not see a specific model listed or have other specific questions just e-mail us your needs.
Stocks can also be duplicated from an existing stock that is in good shape.
We may e-mail you for a picture of your stock or forend so that we can have the shop ID it and send you the correct one.
If you’re in doubt of what style you may have please also e-mail us a picture at the time of the order to firstname.lastname@example.org