My mountain rifle is getting walnut…

Caseknife

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That stock is beautiful! I know you said that you were building it to hunt with, but man, I don't think I could bring myself to pack that in the woods. Are you going to checker the stock after finishing, or is the practice checkering for the next stock?

I vote 257 AI for the next build with the Mauser.
 
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That stock is beautiful! I know you said that you were building it to hunt with, but man, I don't think I could bring myself to pack that in the woods. Are you going to checker the stock after finishing, or is the practice checkering for the next stock?

I vote 257 AI for the next build with the Mauser.

I don’t think I’ll be ready for a nice stock for a while yet, this practice stock is a semi inlet with a lot of wood, so the curves are quite generous. On a slim stock with tighter curves, I think that’s where the tough stuff begins. I have a couple more old stocks that I won’t use to practice on as well, one day I’ll get it :)

An AI, would complement my slim walnut stocked M96 6.5 AI…. Good thinkin!
 
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7x57 or go with a lightweight 9.3x62 bear stopper for camping and hiking.

I have a few .375 bore rifles that are pretty dedicated bear guns, actually just ordered a recoil pad for a custom Mauser .458 Wm Iv had the past 20+ years, thinking I’ll try packing it this season maybe, if I can handle it. 20 or so years ago, I fired 2 rounds with its steel butt plate, it’s sat in the safe ever since lol.

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I have a few .375 bore rifles that are pretty dedicated bear guns, actually just ordered a recoil pad for a custom Mauser .458 Wm Iv had the past 20+ years, thinking I’ll try packing it this season maybe, if I can handle it. 20 or so years ago, I fired 2 rounds with its steel butt plate, it’s sat in the safe ever since lol.

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Yikes a steel butt pad wouldn't be fun, a recoil pad would be a must lol. Since you also have 375's the 7x57 would be cool.
 
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Hey thanks 81! It’s hard to look past the soul in wood, especially above timberline where there are no shadows to shade its beauty!!

Iv rubbed in a couple more coats of 50/50 tru oil and BLO now, out in the light I can see I had some streaks, the next coat I may do outside, sun light sure makes a difference.

Everything feeds and ejects as should, the next time the temps warm up I think I’ll try to get to the range.

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Just under 6 pounds

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Found a 1908 Brazilian in not bad shape, a building base for the other stock blank posted above. Thinking a nice slim iron sighted 7x57 or 257 rob maybe, no needs, only wants.

What would you build?

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Something I never thought of, the .458 I posted on the previous page is a GWR Mauser 98 and has 2 stocks, this Brazilian action is identical and will fit like a glove with a little scraping. Being the barrel channel is quite large to accommodate the .458 size, im kinda wondering about a .416 Taylor, which is based off a .458wm case. It would complement my 375-338 (.375 Taylor)…. I think. I believe it will entail a bit more action work though to make it work.

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I added another last coat, gave it a good buff and letter season a couple weeks. Today it warmed up enough to get to the range.

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A few out today.
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I knew going into this that the recoil was going to be a bit stout and the stock slippery, but slippery turned out to be quite an understatement. Checkering was kinda on the wait list until I had a chance to shoot it, which checkering is a must now that Iv shot it lol.

Now to decide if I’m confident enough to do a simple point pattern on it myself? Or send it to someone that I know will perfect It….

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I ordered 22-24 and 26 lpi spacing cutters yesterday, I think I’ll try tackling it with 22 or 24. Iv been practicing with 20lpi, it’s been good for learning, but prefer a finer diamond I think.
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I like 22lpi. Fine enough to still look really refined, meaty enough to be plenty functional.
 
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I’ve read through all of your stock building threads and it inspired me to do one myself. Picking up a walnut blank tomorrow. Looking forward to it. Never done something that precise but I have quite a bit of finish carpentry experience so hopefully that helps.

That’s awesome Bruce!! What kind of wood are you going with?

If interested, a couple of books that helped me alot were Alvin Lindens “Restocking a rifle” and David Wesbrooks “professional stock making”. David’s book has sone good write ups on finishing techniques from a few other stock makers, both books are full of great info.

Feel free to message if you have any questions :)
 
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I’m also inspired! I’ll start with a cheap chunk of maple and try a Rokstok clone for one of my old Swedish Mausers.
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