Tiger Maple and Cherry gunstock for a Savage 25-06 varmint rifle.

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Project by HalDougherty posted 11-19-2009 03:45 AM 7751 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This varmint stock fits a Savage 25-06 varmint rifle. It’s made from tiger maple and wild cherry. It’s been sanded to 180 grit at this point and there is no oil or finish applied. It’s tough to get good photos of unfinished maple before dye or oil has been applied. After finishing this stock is going to be beautiful.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 11-19-2009 03:51 AM

Great looking job on that stock!

25-06 is a good round for varmints. I use a .243 win Weatherby myself.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 11-19-2009 03:55 AM

great wood, great stock,, great choice for a rifle,, I’ve got a bull barreled Strom Ruger 25-06, great shooting gun.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#3 posted 11-19-2009 03:59 AM

Whee!! It looks waaaaaaayyyy better than the old flintlock I been usin to run off the revanewers wit. No, honest, it really shows the pride in your work.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#4 posted 11-19-2009 04:52 AM

Nice work. you got some pretty good pics for bare wood!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 11-19-2009 04:54 AM

Nice ,great wood too.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 11-19-2009 01:30 PM

Great looking stock.Hope we see it finished.

-- Mike Wix

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#7 posted 11-19-2009 07:43 PM

What are you talking about beautiful after finish – it’s beautiful right now!


-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#8 posted 11-19-2009 08:44 PM

Very NIce. Curly

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#9 posted 11-20-2009 01:10 AM

It is a great looking project. I too would like to see it completed


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#10 posted 11-21-2009 08:03 PM

I have considered trying my hand at a gunstock, the main question I have always had though is how to know how deep and exactly where to put all cutouts/holes/slots, etc. for the hardware? Do you just take measurements off the original stock or is there somewhere to get these measurements from?

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#11 posted 11-22-2009 06:55 AM

The way the old gunsmiths made stocks for bolt action rifles, was to center two holes spaced the same as the action bolt holes. Then, they’d open the barrel and action channel till the action was bedded. Next they’d turn the stock over and inlet the floorplate and trigger guard.

I’m not an old gunstock maker. I’ve only been carving stocks for a little over two years. My technique is to use a duplicator. ( The pattern you are duplicating goes on one side, and the stock blank goes on the other. You use a stylus to trace the pattern stock and a cutter with an identical shape carves away everything that’s not a stock. It’s hard to believe you can carve with a 2hp router. For your first stock, buy a simi-finished stock from a custom stockmaker. You can find lots of cheep stocks on e-bay to learn how to finish one. It’s not hard and you’ll have something that’s built with your own hand to pass along to someone. What kind of rifle do you have? If I have a pattern, I can carve you an unfinished stock from walnut, cherry or maple in any combination.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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