To repair, or not to repair...Deluxe Stock broken in two

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  1. Charles Witt

    Charles Witt Active Member

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    Pieces fit together pretty well, though there will be some missing "chunks" that will need to be filled.


    Thanks for the advice.

    Serial number 95xxx.

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  2. ricksengines

    ricksengines Sako-addicted

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    I hate to ask but how did this happen?

    rick
     
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  3. Charles Witt

    Charles Witt Active Member

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    Damaged during shipping. It was wrapped in bubble wrap and thrown in a flimsy box.
     
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    CVCOBRA1 Well-Known Member

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    That wasn't damaged, that was sabotaged. UPS, USPS, Fed Ex????
    Which one was it? Why did you accept it?
     
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    icebear Well-Known Member

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    That's a tough one. I'd at least give it a go. A very good stock specialist who did a repair for me once told me he uses epoxy for stock repairs. I'd also suggest using brass threaded pins from Brownell's as reinforcement once the basic repair is done. I've had good success with those on cracks, but I've never done a total break like that one.
     
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    Charles Witt Active Member

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    UPS Ground. UPS investigated complaint and determined that it was not packaged properly and that the box that was used was not proper (heavy duty enough), so they denied responsibility. I worked it out with the seller.
     
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    To be clear, I would not be completing the repair myself. I don't have the skills or expertise. Just wondering if I should hunt for a stock, have one made, or have this one repaired.
     
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    Show it to a good smith and see what he says. I'd guess you're looking at a $150-200 repair bill - but a deluxe grade Sako stock is worth twice that, so it's worth thinking about.
     
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    CVCOBRA1 Well-Known Member

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    There are some in Montana but probably cost more than what you paid for the whole rifle.
     
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    Mate that is absolutely heartbreaking. I hope you find someone or something to sort it out. Put up a post once she is sorted. It'd be good to see how they attack it.
     
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    I'll get it done just to see how it comes out. Any recommendations are welcome .
     
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  12. Sean Hodges

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    Very unfortunate indeed. I’ve made many a repair over the years, using the best available products. This looks treacherous in my opinion, what is the caliber?

    Sure it could be put together, clamped strategically and yes you could even reinforce it to a degree with a brass pin(s). You could even attempt to replace the missing pieces unless they’re lost, or make replacements, then re-finish.

    In my opinion, even done to the very best of my ability, I feel the way it’s broken causes me serious reservation. The two surfaces do not lend themselves well to recoil given the with the grain break and how it aligns with the cheek and eye. Obviously I’m making my evaluation from the photos, but to me this is a higher risk repair.
     
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    Sean: I agree. That's one reason I'm advocating for a metal reinforcement. A lot depends on the caliber of the rifle, which doesn't seem to have been mentioned. I don't think any repair of this break would hold up to a .375 or a .338, but if it's a smaller caliber I'd give it a firm, definite maybe. I'm guessing from the presence of a crossbolt that it's at least a .270 or a .308. To amplify on your comment, the shear line is between the line of recoil and the shoulder stock that transfers the recoil to the shooter. Obviously the worst possible place. That's why I'm suggesting a professional opinion and metal reinforcement in the event it's judged possible. On a positive note, epoxy is in many cases stronger than the wood it is bonding, but the repair has to be perfect to get that level of strength.

    It is precisely to avoid that kind of break that custom stockmakers look for blanks where the grain curves through the pistol grip area so that there is not a direct shear force along the grain. On a production stock, that level of selection is obviously impossible.

    I got a great deal on a Finnish military m/28-76 target rifle with a cracked stock. Not as bad as the one we're looking at here, but bad. The stock on that rifle has an extreme pistol grip design that lends itself to cracks along the grain at the top of the grip. I've seen several cracked in the same place mine was. I took it to the Harry Lawson gunsmith shop (Harry Lawson is long gone but the shop is operated by his son and some associates). It cost me 150 bucks but the repair is all but invisible. The stockmaker who did the work didn't bother with pins and I didn't question his judgment, but for the stock we're looking at here, I'd say metal reinforcements are a necessity.
     
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    Rifle is chambered in 30-06.
     
  15. Sean Hodges

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    Agree, a properly performed repair using the best products and techniques may result in a dependable long lasting fix. I simply have to heavily emphasize the word MAY regarding this one. For me it’s risk vs reward. I’ve had great success but I’m extremely cautious with a break of this nature. Take care sir.
     
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    Charles please use caution and discretion. Select a well known professional who will evaluate honestly if you decide to attempt a repair.
     
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    ricksengines Sako-addicted

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    Send me a PM

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    UPS will always say the same thing, "not properly packaged", even if the gun is shipped inside a steel vault. Among all of the shippers, they have the worst reputation for damage and the poorest payout on insurance on guns.

    The old-fashioned U.S. Postal Service was among the best until the new Postmaster General was appointed with political instructions to try to damage Jeff Bezos and Amazon by slowing package service, as well as create uncertainty about the delivery of mail-in ballots.
     
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    With the USPS losing millions every year I never could figure out why they would give billionaire Bezos and Amazon a break in shipping. Drumming up business and keeping it are one thing but taking your own government to the cleaners is another. Falls right in line with the socialist agenda the left wants.
     
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    How did we get from a broken stock repair to USPS political appointees, Bezos & the "socialists agenda". Please guys, this has been the one place I can go & not have to hear a political rant or conspiracy theory. Let's keep the political crap out of our forum. Thanks!!
     

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