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Old 09-03-2013, 11:05 AM   #11
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That's a big yes on the photos. Thanks again for sharing what you are up to. Nice stuff.
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:59 AM   #12
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So I removed the action from the stock and what a crap job I did.
I can fully admit it now, the area at the rear of the action had no where near enough goop. (oh also I stuffed up and my shirt got caught in the sander !.
So I got out my 1 inch chisel carefully placed it on the edge between the wood and the dried goop.
A slight hit with my palm and the goo came away cleanly, i removed it all
sat back and had a think. coming away cleanly meant it had not adhered to the wood. there was light staining which indicated the kiwi polish had spread over the wood too.
I cleaned this up and drilled some micro holes in the action area, roughed it up with a wide chisel and then used some light sandpaper over the top of the holes containing the kiwi polish (release agent).

After re-masking the whole area, BTW do NOT attempt to do this without the green or blue masking tape or the natural boot polish.

In the photo's you will see how liberal I was with the polish & the tape.
The reason for this is that the goop (filler) sticks like S*** to anything.
The goop I bought from an auto shop and I made sure it was a metal filler, containing strands of stainless steel and also glass fibres. Once hardened this stuff feels as hard as concrete.

I put what I thought was too much goop (filler) and pushed the kiwi coated action into the stock. I also put a very thin piece of wood under the barrel sticking out the end.
to ensure the barrel is raised about 2mm above the wood stock.
Next I screwed in the action carefully and tested that I wasn't putting too much presure on the action/stock.

comments welcome
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:02 AM   #13
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more photo's as part of the previous post.

My next steps are
1. lightly sand the top using a belt sander
2. coat the stock in polyurethane satin
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Old 09-09-2013, 01:24 AM   #14
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I've revised my next steps, my neighbour a few doors down came over and checked out the stock, he's done a few in his time, and this was my first, I think he's quite impressed. but clearly I need bedding pilars, which he's offered to make for me, (thanks Kev !)
so my next steps now are;
1. drill out the stock to match the new pillars, probably about 1/2mm wider than the pilars with a 5mm hole (my screws are 4.85mm) to a length of 35mm. insert them into the stock with bedding material again.

2. Then lightly sand the top using a belt sander to get it smooth and even.

3. Coat the stock in polyurethane satin.

I just received my MOA adjustable scope rings, which mean I go shoot at this weekends benchrest and fly shoot. One of which is a 200yard rimfire event, the new rings should suit this event.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:04 PM   #15
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Completed the Pillar bedding, sorry no photo's as they're hidden in the stock, all that's visible is holes 1mm larger than before.

I guess I can take a photo with the action removed, showing the pillars from the inside ? if anyone wants to see.

I'm sure I mentioned it before, but to anyone reading this is the first time
I have inletted or bedded a rifle stock. My background is IT but also military,
Never been afraid to try something new. I thoroughly enjoyed sitting outside in the cool of the evening sanding the wood back watching my creation take shape.
going into the workshop inletting fixing, stuffing up, and then fixing it.

Is anyone actually thinking of doing their own stock, I'm happy to give any guidance, I'm no expert but have learned a lot in the last few weeks. I've now
got two more stocks which I'd like to do.
1. for my Tikka T3 .223 (i want to rebarrel it to a heavy barrel)
2. buy a Rem700 action or second hand rifle, rebarrel it or else buy some other .308 action suitable (maybe an Omark .308?).
any thoughts would be welcome.

I shot the Walther in a benchrest match on the weekend and got a Personal Best (244.2 out of possible 250.25) at 100m (109 yards) equal second to a guy using a $3000 Anschutz, I was beaten by another custom made .22 worth thousands also.
We have classes of shooters to ensure our members compete with others at their level (AAA, AA, A, B, C classes) so with my historical scores being a C class using a standard CZ452, once I have a couple more shoots at this level my scores will push me to an A or AA class.
Quite pleased with the result.
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:06 PM   #16
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Next rifle

G'day from Oz.

I posted a whole lot of photos and description of my last stock. All with very minimal feedback from just a couple of people.

I guess I'm wondering if this is of use or just an interesting curiosity for readers.

My questions to YOU the reader.
1. Have you ordered a stock from Richards microfit ( or someone else ?
2. Have you or anyone you've shown this to been inspired to do their own stock ?
3. Where are you at with your stock ?
4. If you haven't done anything, is it becuase you think you don't have the skills?

I work 40+ hours a week, and my club duties and other duties take up another 30+ hours per week, plus family time and the odd TV show & shooting.
Whilst these posts are easy to read for you, they take a while for me to write. I am not looking for kudos or adoration or any other Bulls***

What I would like is:
1. Feedback - was it useful, crap, wrong, right, suggestions to make it easier.
2. What tools I could use to make life easier.
3. What you did different
4. Sources of stuff like bedding pillars.
5. Photo's of your work
6. Give me some interaction, even if it's just to say your inspired.

My woodworking skills all come from high school, which was way back in the 78-/80's, if I can do it so can you.

c'mon give it a go, I'm about to do my second action for my .223, unless there's feedback I won't post any more stuff.
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