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Project by GSwoodworker posted 367 days ago 1453 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed my .30-06 stock that is made of a 1/2” thick piece of walnut in the center with 1/4” thick hard maple on both sides, then walnut again for the outsides as shown in 2nd picture. The fore end of the stock and the bottom of the pistol grip have a thin piece of maple and then a piece of African Blackwood as shown in picture 3 and 5. I tired to repeat he pattern that is standard on the type of recoil pad that I installed shown in picture 3. I put on 5 coats of Tung oil which look great except for the African Blackwood which I don’t think was absorbed into the wood. This is my first and will not be my last stock thanks to the many post by LJ HalDougherty who’s many beautiful stocks inspired me. The barrel, magazine well and trigger pocket was cut by a CNC machine at my work (my occupation). I plan on making a stainless steel trigger guard some day to match the magizine well that I made but then this site is for woodworking not metal.

Has anyone had any problems getting oily wood like African Blackwood to take a finish?
Thanks





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 367 days ago

Nice looking stock—I really like your laminate! The big question is, of course, how does it shoot? Did you pillar and glass bed the action? Also, does anyone know how Hal Dougherty is doing? Hal hasn’t posed anything in 192 days and I miss his posts.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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GSwoodworker

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#2 posted 367 days ago

HillbillyShooter, Yes I did put in pillar blocks and glass bed the entire action and did glass bed 1” past the barrel nut. And I lost accuracy. My next step will be to relieve around the barrel nut and the 1” forward of the nut then the barrel will be free floating. This rifle had a synthetic stock and the rifle shot nice 3/4” groups at 100 yds.

I don’t know about HalDougherty status. He has some great looking pieces.

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HillbillyShooter

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#3 posted 367 days ago

Looks like you’re set up more for bench rest shooting than hunting, so I’d definitely try free floating the barrel, and after that I’d pay around with my reloading. Best of luck to you—chasing accuracy is an ongoing challenge that seldom ends.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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hoss12992

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#4 posted 367 days ago

Great job

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Sanding2day

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#5 posted 367 days ago

Beautiful work… Looks great… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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Knothead62

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#6 posted 366 days ago

“The barrel, magazine well and trigger pocket was cut by a CNC machine at my work (my occupation). ”
Isn’t that cheating? ;) I have done a couple of trap stocks from 80 % finished and it still take a lot of time to get the metal and wood fitting just right. It takes a lot of time and patience to do a complete stock. Yep, if you can do part on a CNC, go for it. Saves jangled nerves.
That is a nice stock and should give you lots of rounds in the future.

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natenaaron

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#7 posted 366 days ago

Sweet. I actually like the look of the black wood the way it is. Could not tell you why, I just do.

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Jeremiah

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#8 posted 366 days ago

Very nicely done. As a hunter, I’ve seen a fair number of “homemade” stocks and they look DIY. Yours looks pro, all the way.

JD

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