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Old 06-10-2008, 06:55 PM   #1
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Was going to order one of Dean's Garand builds. Any opinions? I know it is a pricey route, but right now I am lazy and don't want to get into reparking and cleaning stocks on a CMP.

I have been badly burned by Miltech before, not just overpriced, but a gun with a shot out barrel, a jumping reciever [email protected] for the newbie should be Miltech's motto.....However, I have read alot of good stuff about DGR. And am no longer a battlerifle newbie, but I don't know a lot about Garands. I can tell a the difference between a beat up rifle and a decent one now!

Want a nice looking, good shooting Garand that I don't need to "fix up" myself.

any opinion welcome...good or bad.
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Old 06-10-2008, 07:10 PM   #2
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I have heard nothing but praise for DGR.

You might also consider a correct grade from CMP:

Probably a bit less than DGR and a very nice gun. I bought one from a forum member and it looks like new and they are not rebuilt.
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Old 06-10-2008, 07:44 PM   #3
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You will be completely satisfied with Dean's work. I took the second Garand I ever owned down to Tennesee and met Dean personally. He is a very likeable and friendly guy, and he really knows his Garands. The rifle Dean built for me is still one of my three best shooters, is 100% reliable, and is totally J.C.G. legal. I spent the next three years and 5 complete M1 builds to get one that shoots as nice as Dean's.

Here it is. (The flash makes the park look lighter than it really is.

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Old 06-11-2008, 09:40 AM   #4
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Thanks for the help. I have talked to Dean before, I bought a 1911 pistol from him years ago.

I decided to take the plunge. Ordered an SA with milled trigger guard, slim stock in standard 30-06.

Very nice people to deal with. Now I have to wait, but will post some pics when it arrives.....I hate waiting.

nice looking rifle JAS!
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Old 06-11-2008, 11:50 AM   #5
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This is a Winchester that I refinished. The stock is from Dean, and was a fitted, but unfinished one. I stained and finished it.
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:47 PM   #6
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DGR fits and shapes Wenig stocks. I've seen several and they're worth the money over the Boyd's ones. Having fitted two Wenig stocks myself, I'm here to tell you that Dean's prices are VERY reasonable.

Boyds are pretty good on the inside; very minor work maybe necessary, but they are more or less drop-in. The downside is that the wood is a little... less than top quality. Their profiles are a little funny in places (scant in the grip, severely overweight in the handguards).

The Wenig wood is fantastic and the contour is very good. They take a lot of work on the inside though.

CMP stocks are Boyd's that are slimmed down by Dupage Trading.

Two Wenig fancy stocks on the left, Boyd's (put on a diet) on the right. Notice the bottom of the grips.
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Old 06-12-2008, 07:01 PM   #7
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I've never been a Boyd's fan....and DGR told me the stock will be slim very much like they were in ww2.

Nice looking job on the garand...I have always liked that reddish finish.

I went with the standard walnut dark to get more of a ww2 look. I was tempted to go with his bastogne, they sure look nice. I bet you get a lot of complements at the range.
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Old 06-12-2008, 08:29 PM   #8
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I have not had Dean do any work on an M1, but I have had him rebuild an M1903 and his work is outstanding.

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Old 06-13-2008, 10:13 AM   #9
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His fitting work on the Garand stocks is just superb. I finished this set with many coats of BLO. If I did not have a very good Garand 'smith locally I would not hesitate to use Dean for the work.

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Old 06-13-2008, 12:47 PM   #10
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I agree, locally there are a few, but I figured you get what you pay for....usually.
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