Custom Red Ryder

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Project by alaskadiver posted 224 days ago 938 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project I finished last Christmas for the goddaughters. The original red ryder’s length of pull (stock length) was to long for them. They had to tuck it under their arm to shoot and this inhibited shooting practice. So a custom shortened red ryder was the answer. Easy part was having the pattern of the old stock and some walnut laying around the shop that was close to the correct dimension. In the one image you can see the two shims I had to make to add width to the stock and then blended them in. The forearm was laminated from two close matching pieces and then channeled to fit the barrel. It was finished with 8 coats of poly, sanding in between. Fun project for me and them. It is 1.75” shorter in the length of pull now and fits them both nicely.

-- "Nothing is worse than a brilliant picture of a fuzzy concept"--Ansel Adams

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#1 posted 224 days ago

That is really cool, great job and Im sure the god daughter really appreciates it as well.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 224 days ago

Great re-build on that one

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#3 posted 223 days ago

That finish really turned out great.
Wonder what type of wood is put on the originals??
Would never be as classy as “walnut”................................

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 223 days ago

Cool project. I did the very same thing last year on a Daisy Buck, but I used poplar and painted it “ballet slipper” pink.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#5 posted 223 days ago

Very cool!

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#6 posted 223 days ago

I had the same problem with one of my grandsons- stock too long. I made a quicky stock from a piece of pecan BUT I have some walnut that I would like to use for his and his brother’s BB guns. I have a checkering set from another stock project from days gone by. Thanks for sharing and the pics.

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