Good post ROY!!!
Just think of a new guy trying to do all of this.
I get quite a few of these stocks because the rifles are so cheep
to use as a donor, and like you I love a challenge so I set out to
see if I could make one work.
After many hours and dollars I found that it was barely good enough
to hunt with and even then you had to be carefull how you placed it
on the forearm when shooting.
The end results were that it was better to find a good composite or
laminate and not look back.
And with a bipod the only way I shot consistantly was to move the
bipod back close to the front bedding/action screw.
Unfortunately ,I like the way the black with gray panels look but just
dont like the way they shoot even when worked on.
And to answer Lurchers question = The most ridged stocks that are affordable
in my opinion are the varmit laminate stocks . If money is no object then the
carbon fiber ones are very good.
J E CUSTOM
Originally Posted by royinidaho
As usual it looks as if I'm gonna learn the hard way.
I switched from a heavily modified REM ADL stock that was designed as a compromise between a long range rig and a carry gun. It's a 338 RUM shooting 300 SMKs. However, it favored long range hunting a bit more than walk & stalk.
The tupperware stock is an REM Magnum that is hollow in the but. Thus when you hit the gong you get a Doink------Dong. Unsettling.
I can confirm that its tough to get things to stick to the thing. Only took two days to overcome that one.
Secondly the fore arm is far from stiff. However its about like the B&C classic that I ordered for my 270 AM. It was not stiff enough to my liking so I heavily modified it and she's plenty solid. It was pretty much like building a house around a trailer house. But she works fine.
With the Rum and the Rem plastic stock, after all of the work of reshaping, converting from right hand to lefty, the darn thing only gained me 0.8 LBS over the heavily JB'd, devcon'd ADL.and the ADL was much stiffer.
I fired a shot to see what it was going to be like. Big roar, as usual, not much of a kick (Holland QD brake) but she reared like a horse.
The angle of the comb was a bit the wrong way and the newly sanded primer'd come seemed to grip the ol' cheek a bit. I've since remedied that condition.
Before I break out the airbrush and stencils I'll shoot a group or to validate the accuracy of the previous stock has been maintained.