Gun stock repair

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by AZdave, Aug 30, 2019.

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  1. AZdave

    AZdave Well-Known Member

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    I recently acquired a shot gun (as opposed to a shotgun). So can some repair experts let me know if there is a special epoxy or will wood putty work?

    The picture doesn't show the depth of missing material very well. It is missing a nickel size hole between 1/4 and 3/8 inch deep.

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    Or should I just find a new stock?
     
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  2. BVAL

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    image.png Looks to me that the firearm is a Marlin 60. At this time I would be checking around to see what a used or new stock would cost. I think it will be cheaper in the long term than making the repairs.
     

  3. Wambli

    Wambli Well-Known Member

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    What he said. You’ll spend a lot of time on this and it’ll look like hell. A new stock is relatively cheap.
     
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  4. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You can make it functional with any number of products, but there is not practical way to make it look decent. If I were going to "fix" it, I would use a two part epoxy to fill the holes and paint the whole thing with a good enamel paint. If you want it to look right, you are going to have to replace the stock.
     
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  5. AZdave

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  6. jdsingleshot

    jdsingleshot Active Member

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    If the side is relatively straight, I'd pass it over a jointer until all the damage was removed, glue on a lamination and shape and inlet as needed.
     
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  7. AZdave

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    Thanks. But why use a laminate? Why not solid wood?

    This is basically the same advice I got from another forum. I think I’ll try this method, if there is enough wood left to do the repair.
     
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  8. jdsingleshot

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    By lamination, I was using the original meaning of a thin layer of anything. I was thinking wood. Looks like the stock may be maple. You can glue on a thicker piece and then cut it down after the glue cures.
     
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  9. jigs-n-fixture

    jigs-n-fixture Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    It is a modern birch stock. Not a great piece of walnut. Yes, I have teh skills to put in a patch which would be structurally sound, and i could probably get the grain close enough to matching, that the younger brother could spend an hour or so with the fineline pens, to make it invisible. But why would anyone bother.

    The only way I’d consider working on it was if the intent was to paint it some camo scheme. And, then I’d probably be able to buy a stock of eBay for less then the glue and wood to do the repair.

    I guess it depends on how much you value your time, and whether you think it would be enjoyable.
     
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  10. AZdave

    AZdave Well-Known Member

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    More like a learning experience, and to see how it is done. Might try the faux grain or desert camo.
     
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  11. Wambli

    Wambli Well-Known Member

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    Or you could overbuild the bad area with two part epoxy putty, sand down to shape and paint the whole stock.
     
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  12. jigs-n-fixture

    jigs-n-fixture Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Since the thin strip next to the receiver is torn off, epoxy filler is a nonstarter. The only way to get it to be close to right, is to glue in new wood for the length of the receiver, and then mill or carve it beck to fit the receiver.

    Way too much work for a piece of birch.
     
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  13. W.T. Sherman

    W.T. Sherman Well-Known Member

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    simpler solution is to buy another stock then put a period at the end of it. :)
     
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  14. SGWGunsmith

    SGWGunsmith Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'm with you, it's worth a try to get it fixed yourself. Besides, the cost of DIY is nil, it will be a good during-winter project, and it will never be a collector. Marlin made around a trillion of those rifles with their name and every other retailer that ever sold .22 rifles.
    It will still be a fun shooter when you get it done..............and maybe even a "tack-driver". ;)
     
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