Custom stock woes..

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by Birk, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. Birk

    Birk New Member

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    I've got a Herters U9 (BSA monarch action) that does have the original stock, in almost perfect condition. However its a right handed stock and I'm a lefty:D
    I thought about simply attempting to modify the existing stock by rasping down the harsh edge though in actuality I'd really like to leave the original be. Aside from that I'm worried that to even make a difference i'll have to take it down too far to ensure a proper cheek weld as I do plan on mounting an optic on it.

    My only other option is a custom stock, however the only company I've found that will even "partial" inlet for that particular action (anywhere close to my price range) is Richards Microfit..
    The prices seem very fair and I was really excited to get this project started...until I did some research on the company..:eek: I fully realize that it's a "get what you pay for" kinda deal and I actually prefer the fact that I get to get my hands dirty, learn a few things and really make this rifle my own. However, some of the stories I've read are disheartening to say the very least.

    If they're shipping out such hack-jobs on more common action inlets then I can only imagine what kinda boogered up mess I will receive as I doubt they've produced a stock for this action in a long time, if ever...

    I fear that I may wait 6 months (longer in some cases) for them to send me an unusable, $200 piece of firewood..alas I have NO other options..do I?

    I would love to hear some experienced opinions on the matter as I'm pretty bummed out:(
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Have you checked Boyd's or Bell & Carlson?
     

  3. Birk

    Birk New Member

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    Yes, they do not offer anything for this action.

    Unless I wanna pay $500+ for a stock then Richards is my only option.
     
  4. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    You just have to remember that if you get a stock from Richard's microfit be well prepared to do some fitting & sanding. Too many people just expect to slap a stock on & call it good. Get the drop in option and be ready to fit & glass bed it.
     
  5. Swiftyjuan

    Swiftyjuan New Member

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    I have several stocks from Richard's, and they do require a little fitting and then finishing. I am lucky that my brother's hobby for 50 years has been refinishing gun stocks, and he includes glass bedding and free-floating the barrel. I am a total klutz, and would turn the stock into firewood in an hour. He does say that fitting is usually just a little tweaking, and he does it with a moto-tool and pocket knife (and lots of sandpaper).
     
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  6. Birk

    Birk New Member

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    I definitely don't expect a "drop in and go" custom stock for the price, not to mention the fact that it states clearly on their site that "some" fitting will be necessary. I actually welcome the experience as I've got the time for even a lengthy project right now, I'm just worried they will send me something that I can't even use....

    In all fairness though I did read some positive reviews from satisfied customers as well, it just seems very hit or miss.

    I guess I won't know until I try.

    Swifty: Your brother wouldn't happen to live in Ohio would he? :D
    Glad to hear your brother gives you something other than grief, mine unfortunately does not..ha!

    I'm gonna have many questions when it arrives, hopefully I can even turn it into a DIY thread for future lefties with less than common rifles.

    Thanks for the input gents.
     
  7. Birk

    Birk New Member

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    They only offer mine in a "96% semi-inlet" which I hear is realistically more like 80% topps.. I don't have access to many wood working tools but I'll get by.

    They do however have an option for 1/16" Oversized Inletting for an extra $15, now..as inaccurate as their track record portrays them to be, do you think it would be a total waste to do this?

    Worse yet I've heard a few cases where they shipped stocks with too much wood removed from the get go, not sure I wanna take that chance.
     
  8. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Have no fear that Richards will send you a good stock. They are good people.

    Richards Microfit stocks will take some work. The biggest complaint I hear is that the finishing takes to long as the stock is left too rough. a 96% inlet is going to take some work. They will also leave you extra wood on the stock if you want.

    I would caution you as that you want a left hand stock for a right hand action. Make sure to explain this tidbit of info to anyone you order a stock from.
     
  9. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Richards produces some very good stocks.It's mostly the fault of the customers that think they are getting an almost finished stock from them,and have little to no wood working experience.Then when they receive the stock,they rant and rave about the crap peiceof wood they got.
    You will spend several hours sanding and shaping the stock,as well as a few fitting your action into it.
     
  10. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    I had a poor experience with Richards. It took over 4 months to receive my stock from them. I tried calling to check on it multiple times and they would never answer their phone or reply to email. When I finally did get it, they send me my stock and some other poor bastard's as well. It could have just as easily been someone who could have kept the other stock for themselves or turned around and sold it. It had the other guys packing slip so I called him and let him know what had happened and I shipped him his stock. But if I have another option, I won't buy from Richards again.
     
  11. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    It took McMillan stocks over 4 months for A-5 stock that I have now. It's taking the same amount of time or even more for the stock for the current build.

    If you want the good stuff it takes time. However, I'll have to say that McMillan's customer service is much better than I have herd here.
     
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  12. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    What kind of a stock did you order? Is it a common action like a remmy 700 or win 70? Or is it some off the wall stock like a sporter stock for a 1917 Enfield with flat bottom metal? If it is a stock that doesn't have a huge demand then they will sometimes wait till they have 3 or 4 order then make them all at once.
     
  13. Birk

    Birk New Member

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    Well you guys have given me a bit of hope back, thanks for that!

    I have a feeling that the wait is going to be insane for this one..how many of these could they possibly be ordered to produce? If it's as you say, they wait until they have a given number of the same action before they even start production..ugh

    Again, it's my ONLY option so I guess I'll quit whining and give it a go:eek:
     
  14. Harper

    Harper New Member

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    Birk,

    I have a Herters as U9 as well, let me know if you want to sell your rt handed stock as mine has a crack.