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Posted on Best way to rough out a rifle stock?

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msinc

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#1 posted 10-16-2018 11:28 AM


I m making a new stock for a bolt action rifle. I am by no means a skilled woodworker.

- Antwon0900

Then you probably ought to just buy a stock that’s done and go shooting…...being a “skilled wood worker” is one thing, being a stock maker is for certain quite another, that said, I have stocked many rifles and shotguns in my time. There are two pieces of advice I will throw out there and I’ll make it real simple for you…do it ALL by hand and you want the grain running up the grip area.
I really don’t think putting it in a vertical mill and trying to “mill” the inlet is going to save you much time, if it works at all. No one does it that way…either you have a stock duplicator or you don’t. Even if you did have a duplicator you still have to do the final fit up by hand with chisels and files. Get a good set of chisels, including a gouge, and a good sharpening stone. Next you want some candles to smoke up the rifles action and barrel. Begin by drilling the action screw holes in the blank and use threaded studs to set the action in the proper place. Press it where you want it to go and chisel away the wood where the carbon “smoke” was left on the blank. It may seem like a slow way to do this, but you will absolutely not ruin your nice blank. Take your time and shape the outside with rasps and files then sand as suggested above. Good luck.

Edit: I’ll throw out one more suggestion for you, and this one is worth the most…learn to walk away from it when you get sick of messing around with it. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will this stock be.


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