F-Class Benchrest Stock prototype

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Project by HalDougherty posted 05-15-2010 04:24 PM 13732 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project may not look flinished to the average woodworker, but for my use it’s finished and ready to use. I posted this project of a benchrest stock. A customer wanted a stock that’s very much like it, and also very different. He’s building an F-Class target rifle. My benchrest pattern is inletted for a Remington 700 short action. I also had to switch patterns and inlet this one for a Mauser 98 after the stock was rough carved. The stock I’m going to build has to have a flat 3” wide forend that’s parallel to the barrel channel. The rear of the stock also must be flat to ride the sandbags and return to battery as smooth as possible. I took the pattern I use for my benchrest type rifles and duplicated it, then I freehand milled the bottom of the forend flat and also the rear of the stock. Both of them are milled parallel to the barrel channel. Then I glued a 1/2” hard maple board to add wood where it was needed. After rough carving to shape, I added auto type bondo where I needed wood on the final stock. Then sanded the prototype to get the shape I needed for duplication. Yes, I used a beautiful laminated stock blank made from ambrosia maple, wild cherry and black walnut to make this prototype… I usually use rock maple for my prototypes because it’s hard, cheep and lack of figgure and color doesn’t make any difference if only me and the duplicator have to look at it. This one came about because of a dumb mistake I made… I didn’t watch the details enough and carved the forend too deep to start with. You can always take away wood, but you can’t put it back and make it look right. I needed this prototype stock anyway, so my laminated blank wasn’t wasted. My mistakes usually result in firewood or rolling pins, at least I got some use out of this one. It was 98% finished when I messed it up.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 05-15-2010 04:36 PM

Boy Hal, that is some nice work.
That bondo trick is smart.

I bet that would have looked nice finished.
(Mistakes when 98% finished…..been there, done that….doh!)

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#2 posted 05-16-2010 01:25 AM

Very Cool Hal, I like it alot

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#3 posted 05-16-2010 01:48 AM

I’ve done some stock work and can appreicate what you have accomplished. You have made an outstanding stock. I can imagine the time and patience for a project like this. Thanks for sharing!

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#4 posted 05-16-2010 02:08 AM

Now to decide do I want the original stock or this new protype ? Another nice one Hal.

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#5 posted 05-16-2010 03:24 AM

very nice.

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#6 posted 05-16-2010 05:34 AM

You make me want a new rifle every time you post. I may be in big trouble with the MRS if you put much more on the site. Love your work, keep it up. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#7 posted 05-16-2010 04:20 PM

I know what you are saying… When I carve a stock, I want a new rifle too… This time I think I’m going to build one myself. Here’s where I’ll get the parts:

Should be about $500 for the action. You could also use an action from a cheep used Savage rifle for a lot less, but I want the extra stiffness of a single shot action for my target rifle.

Lots of barreled actions to pick from. I’d use a Mauser 98, but the barrel plus gunsmithing fees are higher to get the barrel chambered, installed and headspaced. With the Savage target action, and a pre-chambered and threaded barrel, anyone can install them without a milling machine, lathe and other gunsmithing tools. They also sell the bolt head as a seperate item, so a long single shot action can be used with anything from a .222 to a 30-06… They also have a bolt head for the WSM cartridges. 30 WSM would make a great F-Class rifle and it would fit a short action. $274.99

I’m not sure if I want 6mm br or 6.5X284 for my F-Class rifle. Here’s a pre-chambered Savage varmint barrel: $135.99

This one also looks attractive and the price is much better, I’ve always wanted a rifle in this caliber. But, it’s not going to be a 1000 yard F-Class rifle for sure:

For about the same price as a new factory hunting rifle, you can put together a rifle that while it won’t win many matches, it will get you started while you learn more about the sport. Plus it’s going to out shoot any production varmint or hunting rifle your shooting buddies show up with at the range. (big evil grin)

I am going to carve my stock from ambrosia maple, walnut and cherry. I love the natural camo look you get from an oil finish on ambrosia maple. I might make the center section from bloodwood or some other exotic wood… darn folks at woodcraft always have a good selection of wood to lust over. Or, I might try trifern’s process for dying figured maple on a stock made from only maple laminates.

Too many choices… I better go carve some stocks so I can buy the parts I can’t make…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 05-17-2010 03:12 AM

thats an amazing stock


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