flimsy stock fix

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  1. TNdeerhunter

    TNdeerhunter Member

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    Hey guys, It's been a while sense I've been able to get on the site but I have a question and can't find any thing on the Web. I have a t/ venture in 25-06 and am wanting to start medium range with it no further then 600 yds. It's a fairly accurate rifle with about anything I put in it so far and shoots around 1 moa. My question is there aren't any after market parts available for this rifle and the forearm of the stock is week and will touch the barrel if you put a small amount of presure on it. What is a way that I can fix this if I can't buy a new stock I thought about getting some epoxy and trying to glass bed but wanted to run it by you guys first ?
     
  2. Dosh

    Dosh Well-Known Member

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    TN, Boyd's makes a stock for the Venture in several shapes and colors. Their Pro Varmint model ($109) is very nice and can have options added for a little extra. I've bedded a lot of Boyd's and they all needed it, but they are very strong. No flexing. Good luck
     
  3. tinkerer

    tinkerer Well-Known Member

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    I have heard of people reinforcing the forearm with carbon fiber arrow shafts epoxied in place.

    Don't know if that helps or not.

    Larry
    Tinkerer
     
  4. WildRose

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    I've had the same problem with quite a few cheap stocks over the years.

    A very easy fix is to take a dremel and dig out as much of the material as you can, rough it up good so epoxy can adhere to it and

    1) If there's room cut off a piece of stainless rod and lay it from just in front of the recoil lug to almost the end of the barrel and then fill with Devcon steel putty. I like to mix tungsten powder in for added strength.

    2) If there's not room to lay a rod in there just use the Devcon Steel with the added tungsten powder.
     
  5. FearNoWind

    FearNoWind Well-Known Member

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    I like the solution offered b WildRose except that I'd suggest using a rod of 60-11 or similar strength aluminum. It's lighter weight and when epoxied in place will be plenty stiff enough.
    Because you asked, I would never consider bedding the barrel into the fore stock. Be sure it is free floated with enough space to prevent any contact with the barrel at any time in the shooting sequence.
     
  6. WildRose

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    I've not tried aluminum but it should work. I have used old messed up stainless and brass cleaning rods.

    With that carbon fiber barrel he probably needs some added weight in the forend since muzzle flip is what's eating him up.

    I've even used lead shot mixed with the epoxy on a couple of light rigs to help with that.
     
  7. TNdeerhunter

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    Thanks guys I'll be taking the stock off this week for paint so I'll get the epoxy before I do that. Where can I get it ? And how much is it ?
     
  8. jfseaman

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    I will ad my $0.02.

    Carbon fiber tubes instead of metal. Cheap and at the hobby shop.
     
  9. FearNoWind

    FearNoWind Well-Known Member

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    The epoxy? Use Bondo (your local auto parts store) about ten bucks for all you can eat.
     
  10. WildRose

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    Brownell's and Midway both carry the Devcon. Marine Tex is another good one and you can probably get it online as well.

    The good stuff ain't cheap though but I would use one of those two.
     
  11. WildRose

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    Bondo won't adhere well to plastic. It's made for metal and fiberglass and works great on both of those.
     
  12. canny

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    I did just that and it worked great. I have a Boyds stock that came on my Howa Carbine 308. The stock had just enough flex that when shot off a bipod it would contact the barrel. I used a dremmel tool and channeled out an area starting about 1" from the tip and ran all the way to the recoil lug inlet and inserted a carbon arrow shaft. I then used marine tex and glass bedded the recoil lug as well as filled in the entire fore end. The fore end is now extremely rigid and my initial test put 6 shots inside 1" at 100 yrs off a bipod.
     
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    Yes, I have done this on a 700 SPS stock with great success. I used some old carbon arrows I bought at Walmart and cut two of them to length from the lug to the front end and Dremeled out the stock so they could sit side by side. I used JB weld to glue them in place. I roughed the stock thoroughly with the Dremel prior to epoxying and it worked great. I also used Pro-Bed 2000 to make epoxy pillar which turned out great and was really easy to do too.
    Torsion of the forend stock was 100% removed. Still moved a bit up and down towards the barrel but I free floated it with enough room so it wouldn't touch. Added almost no weight since the arrows were hollow and cost less than $15.
     
  14. Triple BB

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    Did something similar with a carbon fiber stock. I picked up a 3/16" grade 8 Allen head bolt that was 7" long from a specialty fastener store. I Dremeled out the forearm and JB Welded it in place. If you press it hard, it'll flex a little.