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A III Custom Stock Project

Discussion in 'Members Projects' started by Bob LaRue, Jan 26, 2022.

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    Bob it looks fantastic! I think the widows peak was the way to go!

     
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    I feel better about spending all the extra time already! Thanks for the thumbs up!
     
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    Very, very nice. The only thing I can do with wood is beat on it with a 16 oz framing hammer. The widows peak just sets it off as that little "extra".
     
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    You guys are making me think it really is worth all the extra work!
     
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    Let me tell ya, this African Blackwood is seriously hard and oily stuff! It took 4 hrs non-stop, given it my all to shape the fore end and inlet the barrel channel and it’s only 2-1/4” long!
    I’m sure I could have filed stainless steel quicker.
     

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    Beautifully executed !
    Thanks again for sharing .
     
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    Started inletting the barrelled action into the stock today! I think I got more Inletting black on me than the gun!
     

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    Got about halfway, it needed to go down into the wood about a 1/2” when I started today and it still has about 1/4” to go.
     

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    The metal is finally in the wood!
    I’m known for inletting to such close tolerances that there isn’t any room between the wood and metal for the bedding compound.
    I’m going to relieve everything inside just a tad with fine sandpaper, smooth everything up and allow a tiny “half the thickness of a Gnat’s wing” for glass bedding compound.
     

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    Wonderful job. That is gonna be a beautiful rifle!
     
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    Your doing a fantastic job with this stock.

    Are you going to checker it?
     
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    Yes, With the exact same checkering pattern as the other 3 matching stocks
     
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    I did the glass bedding tonight, I even found some old half tubes of Micro-Bed, let’s hope the 25 year old stuff doesn’t go bad and the gun comes comes out of the wood in the morning!,,
     

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    Glass bedding is done! Don’t ask about how easy it was to get the barrelled action out of the stock, it was a royal pain!
    I Rough shaped the fore end so I could see how it looks when placed between the medium action and the magnum action guns that it is the match to!
    Might start on getting the butt area laid out for proper drop and cast on!
     

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    I'm curious to ask a question regarding this style of fore end tip. Where did the "widow's peak" shape idea come from? The reason I ask is that I had never seen that shape tip before I recently purchased what appears to be a standard A1 repeater stock that has the same style fore end tip (ebony?) and a custom ebony grip cap with a brass star. Thanks!
     
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    I started off wanting a full set of custom stocked SAKO rifles in the typical American Classic Style and because I was building the stocks myself there was no time constraints for me! The first rifle stock was for my AII in .243 and I found a really nice old shotgun style polished steel but-plate at a gun show that I decided would look great so I simply matched the fore end tip to the but plate! See pics attached!
    Of course once I did that I had to do the same thing to all of them and that’s why they all have widows peaks. Small on the AI, a tag bigger on the AII, medium sized on the AIII and large on the AIII Mag. 2705F5C5-F34D-4E56-A74D-270479AEBF6F.jpeg F9EF5D2E-407B-48D6-AB49-FD762581EB81.jpeg
     

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    I happy to hear that someone else had that Idea! My AII was built in the early eighties!
     
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    Beautiful work! I think the widow's peak is outstanding!
     

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