So... I know it's crazy, and perhaps a little too ambitious, but I have some time to kill and so I'm building my first rifle stock from scratch. The plan is to build a steel frame, wrap in fiberglass, carve to desired shape, then attach the action/trigger etc.
So... let's go over the basics of the build. I don't care about weight too much; I'm a bigger guy and I actually prefer a heavier rifle... with that in mind I chose to build the "frame" of the stock out of steel, basic "1/8 inch welding steel" that you can find at any hardware store. I contemplated using aluminum but I sure as **** cannot weld aluminum and so for the first build decided to go with ease of use. After about $17 of steel, I headed over to the shop and got to work sketching up some designs. I liked the overall profile of the A-4 McMillan so that's the shape I "shot" for haha.
I started out with two pieces of 90 degree steel and welded them straight down the center to make a "U". then... I dropped off the back with another 90 degree piece turned at a 45 as the "trigger grip." Then... using some straight 1" steel... I heated it up in certain sections and just bent it to where I needed it to shape the basic idea of the buttstock. Keeping in mind that I needed to make the grip and buttstock smaller than it would actually be because it's going to be wrapped in a significant amount of fiberglass. Then... just to be safe, I lapped another layer of the straight steel over the grip section... over the rear of the fore end of the stock to help aid in recoil. After all, the most stress the stock is going to feel is at the top of the pistol grip where the action wants to push back against it. So... no fooling around... double up the steel.
This is how it started out...
You'll notice the welds are pretty ugly. Few things... 1-I'm no welder... they may look ugly but they sure as hell will hold; 2- I left them rough because when I wrap the fiberglass I want the resin to have something more substantial to adhere to. Much like bedding a stock, you don't want it perfectly smooth. You're better off creating some channels for the resin to have a "mechanical lock." Same concept here... leave it rough.
Then... wanted to prevent it from rusting up... as any of you know that work with bare metal, it takes like 3 seconds before it rusts up...so I gave it a quick blast of paint
Now this is just the START of the framework. Tomorrow I'm going to notch out for the trigger and magazine, and make the drill holes for the action bolts. I'll insert the pillars, epoxy them in place and then begin wrapping with fiberglass.
This is most definitely a work in progress so I'll be updating this as the project continues. But I must add a little disclaimer... I am no gunsmith. I am not a gun expert. I am not encouraging you to do this or suggesting I know what I am doing haha. So why build it? Two reasons....1- I'm too cheap to shell out $400-500 for a McMillan that I like, and I have the time to kill, 2- why the hell not? haha.
Thanks for checking it out! I'll try to keep this posted!