The stock is a Bishop and was a solid chuck of wood. I have fairly large hands and found that the triangle shape of the stock was just too hard to hold.
Here's the shaping I did with the wood grater and sandpaper.
It feels much more comfortable now that it went on a diet and has less hard edges. I used rubbing alcohol and cotton pads to clean the stock and get some of the dirt and oil out of the wood.
In the next week or so I will be taking it to the gunsmith to get weaver mounts put on it. I had bought weaver mounts 35 and 36 for my Remington 700 .243, but they look like they would fit pretty good. I'll have to let the gunsmith see if any more of the rear area needs to be ground down for them to work.
My biggest concern is what to do about the tip of the barrel. I hate to cut it off. It does look like it could be recrowned, but I was wondering if adding a muzzle break would help it and hide the pitted areas. It's already sporterized, might as well keep on going right?
If I Duracoated it to hide the pitted area I would possibly go OD green, but I would really like to reparkerize it and go for the green tint. Is soaking it in Valvoline a good way to do that?
Thank you for looking,