Now that's a stock to die for, very attractive. Did you have the work done or buy it like that?......
I had it built a number of years ago (20 plus) by who I reckon was one of the finest gunsmiths in Australia. The action is a FN M98 (ex military) with all the good work done, accuracizing and truing, charger guide milled off, etc. The choice of calibre was a bit of a speciality of this guy, .308 Norma Magnum. He used to do a lot of these for water buffalo hunting in the Northern Territory. For me it was my world rifle. I liked the calibre and still do, even thought it's more of a wildcat today.
The rifle took about 2 years to build (which was good, it gave me time to accumulate the funds). It was a no expense spared custom rifle in the classic tradition. The stock though was some thing of a master piece. As I recall a Californian walnut AAA fancy grade. Checkering pattern was chosen by me (my favourite) Dale Goens Fleur de lis with points
[Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks, by Monte Kennedy, circa 1962 page 272.
Pistol grip treatment. Pattern meets with the fleur at the front of the grip.
Grip cap treatment, with blued skelton grip cap and checkered grip base.
Butt stock with Pachmyr Old English Style
Butt cartridge trap (giving total rifle capacity fo 6 rounds of .308 Norma Mag).
Because of the length of the fore arm pattern it was decided not to clutter this part of the stock with a fore end tip. It also helped to emphasize the classic English look of the barrel band sling swivel.
Barrel band fore sight
Folding leaf express sight with raised quarter rib (but adds a bit of weight)
The rifle still shoots as good too most loads better than MOA and many less than .75 MOA even down to .5 MOA. I done a bit of load development of late with the new ADI powders (repackaged in the US a Hodgson). 180gr Hornady SPBT (stock # 3072) @ 3,153fps. This load is hot, I'll probably settle around 3,100 fps (the original Norma factory load).
100 yards, 3 shot, .705", 180gr ave 3,153 fps, SD 9 fps