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Stock mods

15 Jun 2012
@ 08:30 pm (GMT)

Matt Reid

Thanks to a forum member who sent a me an old stock to play with, I was able to mod the stock on my Rem sps. Improvements include length of pull, pistol grip and comb height. It's no Mcmillan, but was a fun project, and works well.

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15 Jun 2012
@ 08:31 pm (GMT)

Matt Reid

Re: Stock mods
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15 Jun 2012
@ 08:33 pm (GMT)

Matt Reid

Re: Stock mods




This time surely!
16 Jun 2012
@ 08:44 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Stock mods
Nice one Matt. Did you melt/burn the stock a bit to key it up for adhesion or simply rough it up.

This may sound a bit odd but I would like to one day see what happens if an angle grinder handle is mounted 2 or 3 inches ahead of the front action screw. Would mean having to fit a threaded boss to the forend etc.
16 Jun 2012
@ 11:06 am (GMT)

Matt Reid

Re: Stock mods
Hi Nathan,

Yea ran some pretty rough (80grit) paper over it and drilled holes. Hoping it will hold together ok. All the structural work was will epoxy and bit of bondo and wood for fill.

Not sure if I would want to be seen in the bush with an angle grinder handle attached to my stock ;). It's all about looks ya know?
16 Jun 2012
@ 03:42 pm (GMT)

faulkner

Re: Stock mods
Matt,
Wow that looks great! How does the stock feel/balance from before? Any bolt removal issues you had to work around, it looks like a short action? I would think your eye alignment is perfect now, was there any compromises?

The vertical grip would be interesting on a fast handling bush rifle but a month later I would lose my mind looking for the angle grinder handle cause I forgot I stuck it on a rifle!

Nice work and thanks for sharing, Aj.
16 Jun 2012
@ 03:53 pm (GMT)

Matt Reid

Re: Stock mods
Cheers, yes it works well. Main compromise is a bit of additional weight. It's chambered in .308, and I just had to round the front of the cheek piece off for the bolt to squeeze in and out. I like the angle of the grip a lot better for trigger control, puts the hand in a more natural position.
16 Jun 2012
@ 11:03 pm (GMT)

trevor savage

Re: Stock mods
nice job.
17 Jun 2012
@ 01:40 pm (GMT)

Matt Reid

Re: Stock mods
Cheers Trevor, your stock went to good use, thanks again.
18 Jun 2012
@ 09:58 pm (GMT)

trevor savage

Re: Stock mods
so what do you use to build up the stock, any tip's or tricks. im going to try this myself soon but have no idea where to start.
18 Jun 2012
@ 11:40 pm (GMT)

Matt Reid

Re: Stock mods
A couple points...

- If you are going to carve into the pistol grip it will pay to fill with resin or similar to reinforce. Remove recoil pad and tip some into cavity.
- I cut the cheek piece and front of grip off your old stock which I adhered with epoxy resin. You could probably achieve the same with bits of wood.
- Be sure to rough up and drill small holes into the stock where you want to adhere stuff. Try to do it so you minimise the use of bog, as this adds weight and isn't great structurally.
- West systems epoxy plus some fiber fill sets you back about $50 for 500ml and is pretty strong stuff. You can mix enough of the filler in to get it nice and thick to work with.
- If you are going for a fixed cheek piece (like mine), check the height of it from a few different positions while looking through scope, ie prone and standing. Try get it so you can rest your head on stock with eyes closed and be perfectly in line. Also check your bolt access, and even cleaning rod.
- Those rubber grips will peel off with some pliers once you get them started, if you don't want them.
- I found a round rasp (i think) was pretty good for shaping.

It was my first attempt really so I am an amateur, take what you will, it's a fun project. If I ever get really motivated, a carbon stock would be next on the DIY list.

Matt
18 Jun 2012
@ 11:40 pm (GMT)

Matt Reid

Re: Stock mods
A couple points...

- If you are going to carve into the pistol grip it will pay to fill with resin or similar to reinforce. Remove recoil pad and tip some into cavity.
- I cut the cheek piece and front of grip off your old stock which I adhered with epoxy resin. You could probably achieve the same with bits of wood.
- Be sure to rough up and drill small holes into the stock where you want to adhere stuff. Try to do it so you minimise the use of bog, as this adds weight and isn't great structurally.
- West systems epoxy plus some fiber fill sets you back about $50 for 500ml and is pretty strong stuff. You can mix enough of the filler in to get it nice and thick to work with.
- If you are going for a fixed cheek piece (like mine), check the height of it from a few different positions while looking through scope, ie prone and standing. Try get it so you can rest your head on stock with eyes closed and be perfectly in line. Also check your bolt access, and even cleaning rod.
- Those rubber grips will peel off with some pliers once you get them started, if you don't want them.
- I found a round rasp (i think) was pretty good for shaping.

It was my first attempt really so I am an amateur, take what you will, it's a fun project. If I ever get really motivated, a carbon stock would be next on the DIY list.

Matt
19 Jun 2012
@ 10:11 am (GMT)

im2lazy

Re: Stock mods
Great work Matt, the finished product looks awesome.
14 Aug 2012
@ 11:01 am (GMT)

Tom Dixon

Re: Stock mods
That looks good!

Nathan may remember me mentioning this product when we exchanged emails regarding a bedding job. I am still waiting for the new stock for my sako 75 and have begun prepping the plastic stock for copying in laminate. I used sugru ( http://sugru.com/ ) form the comb raiser and will be using it to improve the pistol grip and fore end as well. This was only intended to be a way of modifying the synthetic stock in order to copy it, however if you have a synthetic stock and want to add a few lumps here and there then this is the stuff, its removable apparently too.

Works just like plastacine, no mixing required. I have used it for loads of other wee jobs too.

This is a pic of the comb raiser, I could have got the finish nicer but as this is just a temporary thing there was no need..[img] Actually I have no idea how to upload a pic unfortunately, You'll have to take my word for it!
15 Aug 2012
@ 09:25 am (GMT)

Tom Dixon

Re: Stock mods
ThinkI have figured it out!

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