Stock Refinishing and Recheckering
My client had bought
this very colorful used Claro Walnut stock, which someone else had
originally fitted and glass bedded to fit a standard barreled action.
They did not do a very good job of shaping and finishing it and never had
it checkered. My client wanted it fitted to a feather
weight barreled action he had that needed a stock. All of the old
unsightly glass bedding was completely removed down to bare wood, and the
action inletting was checked and relieved as needed for good strain-free fit.
The forearm was shortened by several inches to a more normal length. The
stock's inletting was then prepped and the entire action and the complete
barrel channel were glass bedded into it.
After the glass bedding had
cured, the metal work was removed, and excess material was trimmed
up on the inside. All of the clay pressed into recesses of the metal work was
removed, and then cleaned with a solvent to remove the release agent, then oiled
and reassembled. A shadow line was cut around the cheek piece, and then
the stock was dry-sanded to remove the usual dents/dings, to sharpen up some
rounded over edges and to deepen the flutes in the comb. A
new pad was fitted and "keyed" in place, and the stock was then
sealed and wet-sanded with an oil finish.
The client favored multi-point borderless (single "V" line)checkering , and wanted a wrap-around forend pattern with an open diamond on the bottom of the forearm and two grip panels. Since this was Claro Walnut, the checkering was cut 20 lpi. Once the checkering was completed, a few hand rubbed top coats of oil were applied to the stock and the rifle was fully assembled. The time devoted to this project totaled just under 40 hours.