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    Stock Making

    I have some free time and am thinking about trying to make my own stock, well learning the art of!

    Does anyone have any good links/or names of books I can have a look at before but butchering some practice pieces of wood!!!

    Thanks

    Nick

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    Get hold of a copy of Clyde Baker's Modern Gunsmithing. It was written in the 1930's and has some really good chapters on stock making. They did a paperback reprint in the late 1990's and you might find one on Amazon.

    Have a trawl trought the Gunsmithing section of Accurate Reloading and Nitroexpress forums - there have have been several discussions and how to do it on stock making.

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    I've got a nice little english walnut stock blank you can cut your teeth on for little money if interested.
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    "The Modern Gunsmith" by James Howe.

    It will be in reprint form but is very explicit.~Muir

    PS: Then there's the quick course oft quoted in the stock making class at gunsmithing school: Take a block of wood and cut away everything that doesn't look like a gun stock. When you are done you'll have a stock.
    Last edited by Muir; 02-08-2015 at 21:47.

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    For your first attempt, you don't want to use a AAA blank, but you need some wood that is hard enough to cut away in fine slices.
    Getting a semi-inletted blank would get you started, with the roughing out done. Then you could build a cradle to hold it and turn if to shaping the rest to fit you, then to your tastes, and later, to checker it, should you be so inclined.

    Don't know what you can buy like that in the UK, but there are lots in the US, in all sorts of styles, including British stalking rifles, Oberndorf Mausers, Griffin & Howe, and modern classic lines, like Gary Goudy.

    Gunsmithing, by Roy Dunlap
    The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks, by Monte Kennedy

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    Southern,
    No such thing as semi inletted stock blanks here mate, in fact the number of stockmakers could most likely be counted on one hand.
    We are well aware of what is available on your side of the pond but most say they cant ship to the UK (personal import) without an export licence, or dont want to ship at all!
    With an export licence costing $350 its a big no no for a single stock blank

    Ian.

    PS. Professinal Stock Making by David Weston is an excellent book although not cheap
    Last edited by Whitebeard; 03-08-2015 at 17:18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heym SR20 View Post
    Get hold of a copy of Clyde Baker's Modern Gunsmithing. It was written in the 1930's and has some really good chapters on stock making. They did a paperback reprint in the late 1990's and you might find one on Amazon.

    Have a trawl trought the Gunsmithing section of Accurate Reloading and Nitroexpress forums - there have have been several discussions and how to do it on stock making.
    Reprints were by Border Press (Outdoorsmans Bookstore) PO Box 15, Brecon Powys LD3 7XZ ISBN 1 873088 12 4. Good text on the subject and good sketches of the general concepts but 'work in progress' images are not great. A book with modern photos would be better for this. Some of Midways's YouTube videos can be interesting over a coffee.
    Last edited by Leadwasp; 03-08-2015 at 23:08.

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    Whitebeard,
    You mean that individuals cannot ship a piece of wood into the UK?
    Is it the carving or inletting for the action which makes it a "gun part" or something of the sort?

    How about if someone sent you the G-Code for a CNC router to machine a certain stock profile and inlet?

    What is the action and barrel contour?
    What style of stock are you thinking of making?
    Last edited by Southern; 04-08-2015 at 17:05.

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    why not ask a nice chap over the pond to buy it for you and send it ?

    I have done this with parts in the past,

    plenty of like minded rifle shooters over there that are more than willing to help.

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    Holland and Holland apprentices practice on BEECH wood. If it is good enough for them it should e good enough for you to practice on and can be obtained at reasonable prices and reasonaby easily. Hope it helps!

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