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    Steyr Half Stock Classic - Gutted

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    I thought I would share this as I have never seen this happen before. Was out with my mate and his 308 Steyr zeroing last night, on the last shot he noticed a hell of a kick and the bullet was way off. Looking down with the torch we spotted this and a hairline fracture on the other side as well, you will even notice the scope has slid forward.

    Ammo used was factory Sako.

    Gutting thing is this rifle was purchased Jan 2013 last year and has had less than 80 shots through it!

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    That looks pretty serious and hard to believe it was done by just firing ammo.
    It seems you were zeroing in the dark, are you sure he didn't fall on it without you noticing ?

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    This could be a result of excessive recoil....broken stock through the hand, 'scope left forward as the action recoils back, so I'd first suspect the ammunition.

    Is it factory from a dealer who has this from the wholesalere/importer or "factory" as in something that has come out of an auction or from someone's cabinet that has given up that calibre? Whatever I would keep any fired cases, unfired ammunition and, if you think it useful, have it looked at and shot by the Proof House for a report on it. If you intend to make a claim for replacement stock.

    I'd also as a matter of commonsense have the rifle checked by a COMPETENT gunsmith to see if the chamber has become enlarged and/or headspace affected. That means someone that knows what they are about...such as Norman Clarke...not a "back bedroom RFD"!

    It may also be that the stock had a repaired crack through the hand when it was purchased. Again that would fail and, possibly, create the inertia enough to have the action recoil back from the 'scope. For it is THAT which has happened. The action has gone back not the 'scope forward. With just a normal pressure round.

    Is the rifle secondhand? If so you may be able to check the auction house sites here in UK to see if it was obtained through them and catalogued as having a crack through the hand.

    I am sorry for the mishap. But at least only your composure was hurt. But I would urge that you MUST get the rifle checked out, as noted above, before firing it again if you do re-stock it.

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    Rifle was brand new and also the ammo was purchased from the RFD, stock is immaculate so no knocks, trips or falls on to it as its only been out the cabinet about 4 times in 12 months as he was a bit of a pansy and didn't want to scratch it haha.

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    Worth checking ammunition. I have purchased Sako before only to find it was not Sako in the box but home loads. Turns out some guy had traded in his rifle and remaining ammunition. Rifle was given a good going over but the ammunition was put straight on the shelf to be resold.
    Also get it checked over by a good gunsmith !

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    Quote Originally Posted by enfieldspares View Post
    This could be a result of excessive recoil....broken stock through the hand, 'scope left forward as the action recoils back, so I'd first suspect the ammunition.

    Is it factory from a dealer who has this from the wholesalere/importer or "factory" as in something that has come out of an auction or from someone's cabinet that has given up that calibre? Whatever I would keep any fired cases, unfired ammunition and, if you think it useful, have it looked at and shot by the Proof House for a report on it. If you intend to make a claim for replacement stock.

    I'd also as a matter of commonsense have the rifle checked by a COMPETENT gunsmith to see if the chamber has become enlarged and/or headspace affected. That means someone that knows what they are about...such as Norman Clarke...not a "back bedroom RFD"!

    It may also be that the stock had a repaired crack through the hand when it was purchased. Again that would fail and, possibly, create the inertia enough to have the action recoil back from the 'scope. For it is THAT which has happened. The action has gone back not the 'scope forward. With just a normal pressure round.

    Is the rifle secondhand? If so you may be able to check the auction house sites here in UK to see if it was obtained through them and catalogued as having a crack through the hand.

    I am sorry for the mishap. But at least only your composure was hurt. But I would urge that you MUST get the rifle checked out, as noted above, before firing it again if you do re-stock it.
    +1 This happened to a Browning Grade 6 I had previously I was told it was a known problem with a well figured stock Avalon Guns sorted it out for me and sold it as well.

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    One of the challenges with modern CNC production and desire for beautiful wood, is that very few stocks are laid out properly so that the grain runs through the hand of the stock. From the pictures it looks as if the grain is running at an angle to the hand and a break is almost inevitable in the place where this has gone. If you look at older big game rifle with lots of recoil they have very dense and not particularly pretty wood, but the grain is correct to withstand the recoil.

    i would take it straight back to dealer and get a new stock under warranty. Nothing to do with driver error, more one of CNC machine operator error for not cutting the stock correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heym SR20 View Post
    One of the challenges with modern CNC production and desire for beautiful wood, is that very few stocks are laid out properly so that the grain runs through the hand of the stock. From the pictures it looks as if the grain is running at an angle to the hand and a break is almost inevitable in the place where this has gone. If you look at older big game rifle with lots of recoil they have very dense and not particularly pretty wood, but the grain is correct to withstand the recoil.

    i would take it straight back to dealer and get a new stock under warranty. Nothing to do with driver error, more one of CNC machine operator error for not cutting the stock correctly.
    Agree entirely with this view.
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    Well just had a brief chat with the RFD, was informed that wooden stocks are not covered under warranty as we could have dropped it in a bag and caused the damage but not left a mark on the stock.

    But credit to him he said send some photos through and he will take a look all though Im not holding my breath as its a case of our word saying we didn't do x y and z...

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    sounds like he,s already decided not warranty and u could have dropped it that statement speaks volume,s . with this .maybe you,d be better contacting steyr or the importer,s direct they may have had others split this way if it,s a manufacturing problem as after the crack theres a clearly visible black line along the grain??good luck

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