Mesquite Rifle Stock

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Project by Mesquiteman posted 02-20-2011 03:23 AM 18666 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I would post a few pics of a mesquite rifle stock I have been working on. It is very hard to find a piece of mesquite that doesn’t have cracks, so when I cut slabs that are relatively clean, I set them aside for this reason. It just so happens this piece was highly figured. The rifle stock is inletted to fit a remington 700 in caliber 223. Some finish sanding and a little oil and it should be done.

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#1 posted 02-20-2011 03:33 AM

Nice stock. it’s tough carving from scratch. The inlet is a tough area to get sharp corners with carving tools. While you are doing the final sanding, rub the few pits and cracks full of dust and seal with super glue, then sand again. They will disappear right before your eyes.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 02-20-2011 03:42 AM

Thanks for the tip, I will try that. A neighbor has a duplicating jig he made in the 70’s for making rifles. It turns out to be about 90% inletted. Much faster then doing it by hand.

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#3 posted 02-20-2011 04:16 AM

Beautiful job. Are you going to do any checkering?

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#4 posted 02-20-2011 04:22 AM

very nice stock, I have a question for some of you. I hope the OP does not take this as hijacking his thread, but what do you use to do the checkering with. I have thought about doing a stock of my own and would appreciate the help. Again good job on the stock and stunning wood. Would you even think of selling a rifle blank? If so please send me a PM.

-- F.Little

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#5 posted 02-20-2011 04:26 AM


How about some photos of the duplicator? I’d love to see another one. I use one made by Dakota Arms in Sturgis, SD. Before I bought one, I made a prototype duplicator of my own to see if I wanted to carve rifle stocks. It worked enough to see that the bearings I’d need for a good one would cost about the same as buying one used…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 02-20-2011 04:35 AM

Some nice work there. Any chance of seeing pictures when it’s ready to shoot?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#7 posted 02-20-2011 04:35 AM

That looks striking in mesquite! :)

-- Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust and kindling since 1990.

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#8 posted 02-20-2011 12:43 PM

Beautiful burl! It will be a work of art when done. Thanks for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#9 posted 02-20-2011 01:07 PM

Fantastic work, beautiful stock, it couldn’t get any better!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#10 posted 02-20-2011 03:31 PM

Great looking work. You are really making me want to go punch a few targets! I’ve never had an opportunity to work with mesquite. It looks like a challenge that is well worth the effort.

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

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#11 posted 02-20-2011 04:33 PM

I offered to buy the duplicater, hopefully I will have it in the next few weeks. I will then take picrures of it and post them. I hadn’t planned on checkering it, I have absolutely no experience in checkering. I might try it on a practice walnut stock before I do the mesquite.

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#12 posted 02-20-2011 05:12 PM

This looks amazing in Mesquite, I would love to get my hands on one to engrave in someday. Good luck obtaining the duplicator, I look forward to seeing your projects posted.

-- "When was the last time you did something special for your gun?"

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#13 posted 02-22-2011 07:08 AM

Amazing love the look. great job thanks! for posting.

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#14 posted 07-06-2012 07:31 PM

This is super nice. I’d like to see that duplicating jig also

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#15 posted 07-06-2012 07:34 PM

Nice job on that stock! I love mesquite for anything!!................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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