On a muzzle loading discussion forum I belong to one of the more experienced members, and accomplished gun builder, stated he would like to build a particular model gun using a wood butt plate. He asked what kind of wood would we all reccomend. I reccomended either maple, stabilized maple or Osage Orange. He liked those ideas and I offered to send him a couple chunks of stabled maple and OO.
He received them yesterday then PMd me asking which was the maple and which was the OO.
The OO was recently milled. I did it to send to him. Right after milling it went into the box for shipping. Meaning the color was still......well....Uh....bright Orange.
He is an accomplished gun builder and maple is used extensively for these guns. And, he had to ask which was the maple.