Working on both Boyds and Ruger stocks

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Working on both Boyds and Ruger stocks

Postby CJP1 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:26 am

In a previous post I said that I had to remove the top portion of the Boyds stained birch stock so my bolt won't hit it. I stripped the rest of the finish off since I couldn't match the existing color. I put 2 coats of Birchwood Casey walnut stain and one coat of their Tru-Oil applied with 1000 grit wet or dry sandpaper. At least now I can see the grain in the wood. I'm waiting for 24 hrs for it to dry.
I also am working on my factory Ruger stock. I saw on YouTube how someone filled the bottom of his barrel channel and his buttstock. I bought 1 quart of Famowood Glaze Coat Clear Epoxy Kit from Home Depot. I first had to roughen up the webbing in the barrel channel as well as the inside of the buttstock after removing the styrofoam. I mixed and poured the barrel channel yesterday evening and let it cure until this morning. I mixed some more of the epoxy this morning and poured the buttstock just shy of where the buttpad fits into the stock.
This should help stiffen the forend as well as a little add a little weight to it. By filling the buttstock full of the epoxy I stopped the hollow sound and added some much needed weight to the rear of the rifle. Will see how it feels tomorrow once the epoxy has cured.
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Re: Working on both Boyds and Ruger stocks

Postby jman450 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:03 pm

Curious how it turned out. Did you take any pics?
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Re: Working on both Boyds and Ruger stocks

Postby CJP1 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:02 am

When I’m finished with both stocks, I’ll post some pictures.
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Re: Working on both Boyds and Ruger stocks

Postby CJP1 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:00 pm

jman450,
I overdid it when I poured the buttstock full of the epoxy. Now it weighs 1/8 lb more than the Boyds stock. If I had it to do it all over again, I would have put some kind of tubes lengthwise inside the buttstock to take up some of the space within. I would then pour the epoxy around them.
Now I will have to try and drill out some of the epoxy from the center of my buttstock so it will be better balanced.
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Re: Working on both Boyds and Ruger stocks

Postby CJP1 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:03 pm

I took the recoil pad off of the Ruger factory stock and drilled two 3/4" holes and one 5/8" hole about six inches deep into the epoxy. After putting the recoil pad back on now the factory stock is 1/4 lb. lighter than the Boyds stock. I'm still refinishing the Boyds stock. I tried some thing different with this stock. I call it the shabby/chic look. After staining I took very fine sandpaper and removed some of the stain. I then put Tru-Oil on it. I'm now putting on the stock sheen and conditioner. It looks kind of funky but I like it. Next step is to install Pachmayr 1" decelerator pad then it will be finished. I'll post some pics of both stocks when I'm finished.
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Re: Working on both Boyds and Ruger stocks

Postby CJP1 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:38 pm

i need help posting some pictures of my RAR and it's two stocks
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Re: Working on both Boyds and Ruger stocks

Postby Al in Mi » Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:16 am

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Re: Working on both Boyds and Ruger stocks

Postby CJP1 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:39 am

Thanks for posting my pics Al.
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Re: Working on both Boyds and Ruger stocks

Postby CJP1 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:59 am

There was one thing that I didn't think about when I refinished the birch stock with the Tru-Oil products. They made the surface of the stock very slippery. I know that I might have to strip the finish off and try something else. Is there any way to add some grip to the stock without making it look tacky by adding some kind of grip tape or pads to it? I would like to add checkering but I'm not steady enough to do that. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make the stock less slick?
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Re: Working on both Boyds and Ruger stocks

Postby Hoot » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:56 am

A little strategically placed checkering by Ruger would have gone a long way. There are shooting gloves available with rubber gripping areas on them. A good stock finishing job does not come easily. I'd think twice about erasing your hard work, unless you're itching for a winter project.

just sayin...

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