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Old 07-15-2009, 11:16 PM
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Ideas for adding weight to a HS stock?

Ok, this may sound like (or actually be) a stupid question, but I want to add some wieght to my HS stock. The rifle is barrel heavy and sicks like a mule and some extra mass would help.

I have noticed that my HS stocks seem to be hollow in the rear which got me thinking about cutting off the butt pad and trying to add some lead to it via a hole that I would drill into the base of the stock.

My question is how would the stock be affected by the molten lead? Would it melt, soften or warp the stock before it cools and solidifies? Any other practical ideas would be appreciated.

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Old 07-16-2009, 07:16 PM
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Re: Ideas for adding weight to a HS stock?

You could kill two birds with one stone by installing one or two recoil reducers.

Edwards Recoil Reducers********** The First and Still The Best

A little more spendy than adding lead, but it might be worth the benefit of less recoil.

There are a number of them one the market. Do a google, or maybe one of the smiths will chime in with an opinion.

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Old 07-16-2009, 07:25 PM
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Re: Ideas for adding weight to a HS stock?

First, I have NOT tried this yet, but I've heard you can mix lead shot in epoxy and put it in the stock under the pad. Sounds simple enough. I don't know if there are any tricks to this.
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:11 PM
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Re: Ideas for adding weight to a HS stock?

Thanks for the ideas. Do the Edwards reducers really work? How much do they offset felt recoil.

I am shooting a 300 RUM and the rifle combo weighs about 16lbs. I am not flinchy to recoil but shooting 190's at mid 3400's, it kicks pretty hard and the balance is off because the 28 inch heavy varmint krieger tube makes it want to tip of the front rest. All reason why I wanted to add some wieght to the rear.
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Re: Ideas for adding weight to a HS stock?

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Ok, this may sound like (or actually be) a stupid question, but I want to add some wieght to my HS stock. The rifle is barrel heavy and sicks like a mule and some extra mass would help.

I have noticed that my HS stocks seem to be hollow in the rear which got me thinking about cutting off the butt pad and trying to add some lead to it via a hole that I would drill into the base of the stock.

My question is how would the stock be affected by the molten lead? Would it melt, soften or warp the stock before it cools and solidifies? Any other practical ideas would be appreciated.

Thanks
It is not a stupid question.

Adding weight to a HS stock can be a lot of trouble if done wrong.

Lead is not the answer because it would take a lot to fill the void and end up weighing to
much and the ballance would be off if you didn't fill it all the way up.

And having to cut the recoil pad off can be problematic so what I have done in the past is
just replace the stock with a laminated one and save the HS for a lighter build.

"OR" drill a 1/4 inch hole through the center of the recoil pad into the void and mix up some
epoxy/devcon (Not the gel type) and pour some in with the fore end faceing down until you
get the desired weight. You may have to fill the entire void but at least you can place some
in and let it cure and if it is not enough then add some more,

It is not easy to poor threw the 1/4 inch hole but it can be done. and when your through you
will only have a small hole in the recoil pad that can be filled with a rubber plug if it bothers
you.

You can use 2 holes and force the devcon through one and vent through the other.

Be sure and tape anything that you don't want the epoxy to get on.

This process adds the right amount of weight and dampens the hollow sound of the HS and
other composites with hollow butt stocks.

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Old 07-17-2009, 10:18 AM
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Re: Ideas for adding weight to a HS stock?

Not sure if its different or not, but my HS stock that was on a Remmy was glued on, just throw it in the freezer and grab the pad with a pair of channel locks and it comes right off. My "recoil pad" was a piece of rubber a little over 1/4" thick. Put on a LimbSaver instead... But once you get that recoil pad off there is a huge cavity you have access too , no need to drill holes....
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Old 07-17-2009, 10:40 AM
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Re: Ideas for adding weight to a HS stock?

Some really good ideas...Thanks!

I wonder if I could use a solid steel slug (bar stock), cut to the desired weight, then epoxy it into the hollow void? That way I can control the wieght and balance of the butt stock by the placement of the slug in relation to the voided area.

Novaman64: How big is the void in your stock?

Does anyone see any potential issues with this idea?

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