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Project by TopamaxSurvivor posted 1543 days ago 2321 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this stock about 20 years ago. It is Walnut with Birchwood Casey’s Tru-oil finish, about 5 coats, hand rubbed and steel wooled in between coats. It is a Winchester 52 in .22 Long Rifle caliber. I stocked it for rim fire silhouette shooting. They are shot offhand, no support from 40 meters to 100 meters. It is not an easy game. I carved the pig because it is the easiest to hit and my favorite target on the course. Plus, my favorite style of rifle, Kentucky long rifle, usually has carvings that adorn the stock.

The reason for the odd shape is to cut weight to meet the limit and to fit the shooter perfectly for offhand shooting. While inletting this action and barrel into the wood takes some patience and care; it is a lot easier than the pistol in this blog: http://lumberjocks.com/TopamaxSurvivor/blog/15470 . The white card taped in the hollow is for sight settings. You have to change them for each of the 4 sets of targets form 40 to 100 meters. There is plenty of room on the card to note changes and make notes about the wind.

I have another silhouette stock I made for another rifle that is very simillar, but I can’t seem to locate it right now ;-((

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





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degoose

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#1 posted 1543 days ago

That looks complicated… nice job.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 1543 days ago

It is a lot easier than what yoiu do soometimes ;-))

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

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littlecope

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#3 posted 1542 days ago

Very Nice Work, Bob!! You’re giving me the urge to go burn some powder, but then it occurred to me… I don’t have a range to go to anymore. My Dad was a member of a Fish and Game Club, I used to go with him to their range. The only place I can go now is an indoor range, where it costs beau coup bucks… :-(

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 1542 days ago

Different but beautiful shape.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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HalDougherty

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#5 posted 1542 days ago

Good looking stock! How’d you do in the matches? I have an Anschutz target rifle that I used to use for silhouette matches.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Knothead62

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#6 posted 1542 days ago

Beautiful! I was a part-time gunsmith for a few years and made a couple of trap stocks from blanks that were 80% finished. I appreciate what you have done from scratch! I shot a Model 52 in high school when it was still OK to have firearms on campus. Wish I had it now. We had Winchester 52’s and Remington 513’s for the rifle team. Thanks for sharing!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 1542 days ago

It is very sad about all the detrimental changes in society since the 50s and 60s:-((

Been a long time since I shot silhouettes. Several of the clubs have stopped the RF program and PeEll, WA where they shoot hi-power is a 100 mile drive one way. As I recall, I shot in the 30s on RF and 20s HP. I used a 280 Remington for HP for a while, but the recoil would wear on me by the end of the match. I tried a 243, but it didn’t quite have the punch to knock over the rams. My scores were about the same whether I missed or couldn’t tip them over :-))

Dennis Martinen, Yakima, WA, national champion several times was our match winner and inspiration. He told me he shot 6 days a week to maintain his level and 7 to improve. I do this for fun. That isn’t fun. I very seldom practiced, just shot matches.

How did you do, Hal?

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

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Karson

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#8 posted 1542 days ago

I’ve punched a lot of holes in paper and a few in something good to eat.

Nice stock. I’ve made a few stocks on some barreled actions that I’ve bought. I had Bishop do the rough carving of the stocks and then I did the final cutting.

I made a 45-70 that was a cool old caliber. It pushed a big piece of led down the barrel. I think I fired it about 5 times.

Nice job on your stock.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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studiousmatt

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#9 posted 1542 days ago

nice,

I cut my teeth in competition with a Model 52 very similar to that one.

nice stock work, I may try re-stocking the one that I started with.

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studie

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#10 posted 1542 days ago

Awesome stock Bob! Was it designed in a wind tunnel? Sure looks beautiful!

-- $tudie

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 1542 days ago

Hey Bob
I did’nt know Pigs used guns LOL .Really cool work.

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KnifeL

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#12 posted 1542 days ago

Nice stock! I like all the curves in it, however the card blocking the deeply carved grain bothers me some. If the information is constant, why not just carve it in the spot you’ve spent 20 years developing to detract least from your piece? Plus you’d have something new about your fancy stock to show off!

-- Will in Boulder, CO

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#13 posted 1542 days ago

Jim, they use them to shoot coyotes. You live in rural OR, I thought you’d know that ! :-)) Maybe you’re in sheep country, Sheep dogs use ‘em too.

Studie, the design is not original with me. You just get your basic dimensions: lenght to pull to trigger, nice pistol grip, your cheek good and solid on the stock and the action in place, then you cut off everything that doesn’t look like a gun stock. After that, you keep cuting away until it meet weight restrictions. That is what is left over ;-)) Notice teh stock is hollowed and I even started to take wood out of the bottom of pistol grip.

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

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a1Jim

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#14 posted 1542 days ago

Wow I better be more respectful of those sheep dogs now LOL

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Abbott

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#15 posted 1542 days ago

Ha! :)

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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