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Unread 05-26-2008, 03:59 PM
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I read somewhere that somebody used old arrows
since they were free and lightweight.
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    Unread 05-26-2008, 04:53 PM
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    2003 LG nationals

    ( Br Championship) was won by a first time stocker using a 8" vented bedding block glued into a plain vanilla stock. I use three of them including one in a "tupper- ware" stock. These are being made again by a great machinist in the mid -west. If anyone is serious, inquire and I will give you his e-mail. Cordially, Overbore
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    Here's what I did

    A piece of 1/2 x 2 extruded aluminum.

    Cut to length of the trough in the forearm

    Cut to fit loosely in the trough. Wanted space for JB Weld.

    Roughed up the sides of the aluminum piece w/the band saw. Figure the rougher the better.

    Roughed up the bottom and sides of the trough. Dremel, end mill, sand paper.

    Results are really good. There is still flex but not much. I'll shoot it and post results. If they're good that is;)

    Original channel w/primer from paint job.



    Roughed channel.



    Roughing the Aluminum piece


    The roughed piece.


    Piece in the channel.
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    Roy

    It looks like you have it wired.

    How many hours have you got in this type of fix for tupper ware
    stocks? A lot I imagine.

    That is why I cant use them on a customer's rifle (To many labor hours
    to make it work as well as a laminate and they wont work with heavy
    barrels , Plus they still look like a tupper ware stock.

    I can buy (I know it's not the same) a nice stock for less than I can fix one of
    the plastic stocks and the customers save money.

    I understand fixing things your self (I am among the worst at wanting to modify,
    change,improve and just screw with things) but I spend the customers money
    like it,s mine.

    No offense but I will continue to sell these takeoff stocks "CHEEP" because like
    the old saying goes," IT's hard to make a silk purse out of a sows ear" even though
    you may have done it.

    Good luck
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    Well I eventually went with a wildcat composites stock out of Canada, he had one on the shelf with a carbon fibre fore-end which he let me have for a good price and he stumped for the international freight to NZ, was the first time he had sent a stock to NZ.

    looking at Roys set up I wonder if would be possible to either bend or weld up a piece of alloy like that which followed the taper of the fore-end. You could fit it in the other way up. Drill and tap it at a couple of points along the bottom stick some screws in from the bottom and glue it?
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    Unread 05-28-2008, 12:15 AM
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    J.E. Custom,

    The amount of work sure isn't worth it on the tupperware stocks.

    I appreciate your consideration for your customers.

    I feel that a smith's time shouldn't be burdened with exterior stock work.

    Except for bedding.

    Right now I happen to have time on my hands and consider the time spent on the stocks as an education though the tuition is a bit high.

    I have way more time in the bipod. That's whats really time consuming especially when my lathe/mill is a clunker and my skills/experience is ziltch. However I've found that I can make better time with the band saw and belt sander as with the mill.:(

    I'm just an old fart having fun, which is really the bottom line for me.

    Here's a pic of the ol' girl showing another of my weird ideas regarding the bipod sitting on soil vs a hard surface.

    Also just tested it this afternoon and she's holding ~1/2 MOA at my zero distance of 200 yds which it did with the previous stock

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    Roy:

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a reality check here.

    It looks good and I hope that it worked for you BUT if you have to do that much work to a flimsy stock, then the stocks a POS and should be replaced with a McMillan, Manners, Robertson Composites, B&C etc.

    lurcher:

    Save your money for one of the stocks listed above.

    Roy:

    I just noticed that it appears to not make any difference to the accuracy, which IMO was a total waste of time, but if you enjoyed playing with it, great, and you got educated in the process.
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