I call her "Ms. Frankenstein"....

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by Dan B, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. Dan B

    Dan B Well-Known Member

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    I call her \"Ms. Frankenstein\"....

    I'm a handgunner at heart...super big XP-100, Striker and T/C fan. but still have a super soft spot in my heart for a good deal on a long gun that needs a good home. Last week I managed to find a poor little orphan that needed a new place to live. It's a Savage 110, wood stock and chambered in .270 Winny. Got her out the door for under two bills...even with the Tasco 3-9X and see thru mounts!! What a deal!!

    Anyhoo...I let her set for a day or so while stewing on what I wanted to do with her. I have a "budget build" in mind so I thought I'd run with it. The cartridge in mind is the .30 Gibbs...have one in a sporter weight rifle and shoots great...and I have a 30" long (1" muzzle dia) .308 Winny take off from a Rem action that needs used up! Got that from an estsate sale for $8. Cut off, rethreaded and chambered in .30 Gibbs would still leave 28"+ of stainless steel tube which would be perfect.

    The stock can be a point of great expense in a build so I thought I'd try my hand at crafting something more useable from the factory wood club. The first thing any good stock needs is a cheek piece...so with a marker, handfull of wood screws and new bases/rings and scope mocked up, I started working on what would be the foundation of a new cheek piece. See first pic. I used the screws to be able to tweek the height of the cheek rest until it was just right!

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    Once the cheek piece was somewhat mocked in, I found that the stock grip angle was terrible when laying prone. So I grabbed more screws and ran them in the stock as a starting point to where I want to the grip to be. I tried to use a BVSS stock as a starting point. See pic #2. The hacked up areas were roughed for the molding material to adhere to.

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    I also wanted a "beefier" forearm on this rig, so I made a simple mold using a 1"x2" piece for the bottom and 1"x3" for the sides. The sling stud was removed and a screw installed and adjusted accordingly that once rested in the mold, the forearm would have a nearly parallel top bottom and be 2" wide across the bottom. I used wax paper in the mold to act as a release agent.

    To do all the reshaping I used tigerhair (bondo w/ fiberlgass strands). This pic is of the semi-finished stock with cheek piece roughly filled and filed to cover the screws and add contour, grip angle reset and bottom flattened and the forearm reshaped.

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    Bottom of the forearm.

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    Top view of forearm.

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    Grip angle and new bottom angle.

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    I'm no expert at this but so far I am well pleased. The "white" look is the hardened and worked areas while the dark green has just been applied to fill some areas and will need worked some more.

    So far it ain't pretty (like Ms. Frankenstein)...but the metal work comes next and that may bring the entire thing together a little better. To finish the stock I am going to skim coat with bondo to take out the rough areas then likely just spray bomb it tiger stripe.
     
  2. davewilson

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    Re: I call her \"Ms. Frankenstein\"....

    it looks ready to send to Joel!
     

  3. B Jordan

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    Re: I call her \"Ms. Frankenstein\"....

    that bondo-glass is great stuff for that i have a couple budget minded friends who i have helped build stock for savages just like that minus the cheek piece
    wood stocks work really well but the synthetic ones are too flimsy good luck on your project hope to see some pictures when it is finnished
     
  4. royinidaho

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    Dan,
    That's my kind of thinking and work. Lookin' good.

    I did a similar job on mine just grip and palm swell but no additional cheek piece.

    Also, I notice you are at about 30 seconds per picture w/some time for setup adjustments./ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif I gotta up my meds /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
     
  5. Dan B

    Dan B Well-Known Member

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    Two replies from folks that did similar but did not add the cheek piece. Why? I'm kinda suprised at that.

    Roy...the clock only serves one purpose. It keeps me from going "Holy Crap....3AM?!?!" when I finally go to bed. I'll still stay up and tinker until 3 or so... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif...but it's just not a suprise anymore when I see the clock upstairs. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
     
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    You need to be careful and not build the comb up so high that a cleaning rod will not clear it. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
     
  7. Dan B

    Dan B Well-Known Member

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    Aaahhhh...good point! I was more worried about bolt removal clearance that I did not think of the cleaning rod.
     
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    I am not admitting how I know that.

    I also built a 17 foot long canoe in a 15 foot apartment. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif That was before I was married (obviuosly)
     
  9. royinidaho

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    I hear ya on the clock /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif I do the same thing......

    I just don't prefer the high rise cheek pieces on my rifles. I like the old Fajen thumbhole stock design which has a high enough cheek piece that I needed to trim down the size of the cleaning rod handle to keep from having to lift it slightly to get completely through a 27" bbl. Now she's straigh all the way without rubbing that same spot in the barrel.

    I'm gonna have problems though when I restock the on w/the 30" bbl But I'll tinker something to solve the problem.

    Keep us posted on your progress.
     
  10. Jimm

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    Dan,

    That is a fun project you have going there .

    I was wondering if it might not serve you better to use a automotive type primer /surfacer to get the finish to the painting point . You can build up multiple coats and sand down till you like what you see and it is a ton faster than working down the bondo .

    Probably things you already know . You have to post pix of the result !!

    Jim B.
     
  11. Dan B

    Dan B Well-Known Member

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    jimm...I'll be sure to post pics. And about the finishing process...my father-in-law and bro-in-law are in the auto refinishing business...so getting a good fill'n'sand primer sprayed on Ms. Frankenstein won't be a problem.

    I may drop her off for the metal work tomorrow.