Modifying a new stock for my Savage 12

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by Txhillbilly, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    I ordered a Boyd's Ross LH Thumbhole stock from Stocky's Stocks,and it showed up on friday.

    It's funny how I can buy a LH stock for a LH action from Stocky's,but I can't get one directly from Boyd's.They only offer a LH stock for a RH action.
    IMO,Boyd's sucks for this!
    I wanted the Ross Varmint,but they only offered the Ross Sporter for my old staggered feed Model 12.

    So going into this I knew that I'd have to open up the barrel channel for the heavy barrel that the Model 12 has.

    I'm sorry that I didn't take any pics of the stock as it came.I didn't think about doing this thread until today,and I have already finished making the barrel fit into the stock.

    This is a fairly simple process if you take your time,and stay centered with the stock.
    I start by measuring the barrel with calipers,and then find out just how far I need to sand out the barrel chanel of the stock.
    The barrel at the end of the stock was .940",so I just found a piece of 1" PVC pipe in my shop,wrapped some 100 grit sandpaper around it and went to work on the channel.
    This takes some time,but you want to take a little off at one time.
    You can always take more off,but it's a little hard to replace if you take too much.

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  2. Txhillbilly

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    Like I said,Take your time and you will get great results.I now have a sporter stock with a barrel channel for a bull barrel.And all of the stock lines are still straight.
    The barrel is also free floating with it completely clearing the entire length of the stock.

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    Now there are a few other areas of the stock that need some attention.
    I don't like the area around the action tang.The safety is down in a channel and is hard to reach.
    I'm going to file this area down with a Half-round file,and then finish sand when done.

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    The Thumbhole grip also needs some work,I want it to fit my hand as good as I can make it.
    Boyd's does a great job of inletting their stocks,and the action fits really well.After I get all of the areas sanded to fit my taste,I'll Glass Bed the action,Finish sand the entire stock and put a few coats of finish on it.

    I'll keep everyone updated with the progress. THB
     
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  3. Txhillbilly

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    Well I took the Half round file and sandpaper to the tang area of the stock and got it shaped where I like it.
    I just used a scribe to mark the stock around the tang and then filed down the material above the line.Then sanded everything smooth.

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  4. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Well since there have been 40+ views and 0 replies to this,I'll just continue my stock without wasting my time taking pictures and posting them here.

    I guess everyone knows how to do this,or can figure it out on their own. THB
     
  5. AusLach

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    :eek: Sorry THB, I was quite enjoying it.. That's a beautiful looking rifle you've got there, it just had a synthetic stock before right?
     
  6. lonyaeger

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    Man, this is really well done, buddy.

    And I've never seen a THB rifle with anything other than a synthetic stock. What possessed you?

    I have one rifle with a thumbhole stock....and I really like it. It just fits.

    Please carry on!
     
  7. canebrake

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    THB if you want canebrake to post on your thread you better use something bigger than a Washington to show me the float clearance! :p



    Nice work!

    Please sir, I want some more.

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  8. Dillinger

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    Damn man, I have been away for a couple of days and missed this thread, you really hit this one out of the park!! :drools:

    You have done an awesome job hand finishing what was a basic stock into a real work of art.

    Well done sir, well done!

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  9. stalkingbear

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    Excellent job THB! I like.
     
  10. NitroxAZ

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    Please continue with the awesome posts. I missed it and wouldn't want you to think your work was not appreciated. Two thumbs way up!!
     
  11. Txhillbilly

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    Thanks guy's,I'm not the kind of guy that needs to be told "Good Job",but I just thought since there were no replies,that nobody was interested in how to do a little work on an unfinished rifle stock.
    Anyone that takes the time to try and share a little work with the forum knows how much extra time it takes to take pictures,crop & resize all the damn things,transfer them to Photobucket,and then do a write up and post all the crap on a forum.

    I'll be happy to continue with it.

    Auslach-You are correct,It had the factory tupperware on it.They flex very bad on the fore end.
    Lon-What do you mean,all my stuff is synthetic.Just what do these look like,buddy!
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    I also finished the Ruger 10/22 Evolution stock and the stock on the 03A3.

    Cane-I'm sorry,I ran out of $1,000,000.00 bills.It was all that I had in my pocket at the time!
    J.D.-Thanks for the kind words.
    Bear-Thanks,I always like to work with wood. Gun stocks that is!
    Nitro-Thank you.

    I've already put 3 coats of finish on it after I finish sanded the whole thing with 300 & 400 grit paper.
    I use Formby's Tung Oil on all of my stocks.No reason for this brand,but it has always given me great results.I also buff between coats with 0000 steel wool.
    I'll take some pics of it tomorrow before I put on the 4th of 8 coats.

    I'm thinking about trying something different on the Glass bedding.
    I bought an epoxy that is like clay.You knead it together,and it changes color and begins to set up.It has a workable time of several minutes,and cures in 2 hours.It shouldn't be as messy as the regular bedding epoxy.
     
  12. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Well, that's easy....I've never SEEN those! At least I don't think so.
     
  13. Txhillbilly

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    I know I had the 10/22 at the M&G. Ineffable shot the crap out of it!:D
     
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    So far I have got 4 coats of Tung Oil on the stock.I'm hoping to finish all 8 coats in the next couple days,since I'm off work the next 2 days.
    I'm trying to decide whether to have a matte finish or just leave it glossy.It looks fantastic with a gloss finish,but this is a varmint hunting rifle,and the less chance for glare off the finish the better.
    I can always polish the finish back glossy,if I want it that way.

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    Which finish do you guy's like?
     
  15. stalkingbear

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    I'd leave it glossy myself. Scaring critters from gun shine is way overrated and besides you'll be pointing the rifle toward them anyway. IMO the only 2 things that gun shine will alert are turkey & man.
     
  16. AusLach

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    I say glossy too, IMO it goes with the stainless better. If it's going to be a varmint rifle then you're presumably going to be too far away for them to see the glint of the stock anyway right? :D
     
  17. Txhillbilly

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    Finished!!!

    Well,I finished putting all 8 coats of Tung Oil on the stock,and put everything back together.
    I decided to have a semi-gloss finish on the stock.After the last coat dried,I buffed it with steel wool,and then polished it with a paste wax.

    I think it turned out great.I didn't bed the action,and after shooting it today,it shouldn't need to be bedded.If it starts to have any accuracy problems,then I'll go ahead and bed it.

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  18. lonyaeger

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    Wowie-zowie! Awesome job! Now you got me to thinkin'.....

    Only problem is the thumbhole and cheekrest are on the wrong side... :eek:
     
  19. AusLach

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    Looks great THB.

    What sorta groups did you extract from it? Job well done! :)
     
  20. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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