lightening a stock

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by hillbily, Feb 18, 2010.

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  1. hillbily

    hillbily Active Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    i own a remtington 700p in 308 win and with my handloads is a veritable tack driver, but i've found it heavy and awkward to get into hides and well as carry over rough terrain, i've already spoken to a gunsmith about shortening the bbl to 19" from 24" but have also considered "modifying" the stock primarily sanding down the forearm to a more trim profile and prehaps skeletonizing the butt stock, is this practical or safe? i considered purchasing an axiom stock but apparently its not possible to import into Canada. any suggestions will be appreciated. thanks
  2. NesikaChad

    NesikaChad Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Before you go chewing on your stock, consider this:

    Lets say your stock weighs two pounds. To lose a pound you'd have to cut in half, to lose a half pound you'd again cut that piece in half, etc. . .

    Point is you work, work, work doing all this and you soon learn that all you did was make a big ol pile of chips and dust on your floor without removing any real weight.

    Steel is heavy, concentrate your efforts there if you want real appreciable gains.

    Good luck.

    Last edited: Feb 18, 2010
  3. trueblue

    trueblue Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2008
    Good advice from Chad.
    Pic up any weight saving in the barrel contour.