I would buy a cheap stock from Boyd's it is a decent stock for the price. I have had a couple in AK for several years. Save the original for better resale, if you ever sell it.
But of course the barrel has been pin and welded for legal reasonings 😜My grandfather, in about 1946, bought my father's first rifle and skeletonized the stock. He also cut the barrel down to less than 16". Both done in the name of weight savings and handling for my dad who was young boy at the time. The rifle is still in the family.
+1 !!! I prefer shooting over whittling.Buy a lighter stock. I'd suggest made of carbon fiber. Thinning wood out of you current stock you'll get flex and make it very likely you will break the stock down the road as the modifications will make it weak. JMO
I replied with pics 😉I think we've begun to miss the OP question. On if anybody's ever whittled one down.
That was just a general comment. Seems like the OP asked about whittling one down and everybody's pushing to go carbon fiber or synthetic. Which doesn't address the question. Even though they are great suggestions it's just not answering their question. And I think the laminate stock would be the way to go If wanting to keep the woodI replied with pics 😉
I'm not sure if op specified what he's trying to accomplish--- lightest weight? Cheapest build? Just wanted to know about structural integrity? A fun winter time low buck project? A certain look?
I'm not sure many people have done this before-- I have seen a few guys bore double 3/4" holes lengthwise into the buttstock before and it seemed to be fine.
I wanted something stiffer than the plastic stock- but didn't want to be any heavier and be on a small budget. I have lighter stocks, but not anything cheaper -- and it's unique and was a fun project done in spare time.
Just curious if I am being ridiculous or not. Thinking about whittling away on my Remington 700 factory stock to make it lighter.