Anyone ever try to make a stock from scratch?
Hi Guys, I just bought a Remington made French Berthier Rifle off of *********.com for $125.00. It was partially Sporterized by someone.
When it arrived I cleaned the bore, and the bore looks almost unfired, so it's really worth saving.
The metal was untouched, and I've ordered all of the metal pieces I was missing, ie barrel bands, buttplate etc. I found them all except for the front band, which will pop up on e-bay sooner or later...
However, I'm missing the stock. I'm really coming up short on that one. So I'm thinking I might buy a stock blank, and try to reproduce a stock. I have the sproterized stock to copy the action inletting from, and I've taken some pictures of a unsporterized stock from the internet, inserted them into AutoCad, traced them, and then scaled up the tracing to full size. I can print out the whole stock life size on the plotter at work.
So I have a pretty good set of blueprints, and a sporterized stock to use as a guide... The few dimensions I'm missing I could probably get from fellow forum members with complete rifles...
I'm somewhat confident in my skills, I've done a couple of semi inletted boyds stocks before, and they came out well...
I'm not certain where to start on a whole stock though... Anyone ever try it? Care to share a few pointers? I have a good set of chisels and files.... I'm thinking I might need a barrel channel cutter? Should I get a mill to hog out some of the action area?
Where is the best place to get a stock blank? We are talking a full length rifle here?
It make take me a year to complete this project, but I think it will be worth it to see this old gal back to her former glory...