A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE PROCESS INVOLVED IN BUILDING A CUSTOM RIFLE
The selection of wood for a custom rifle stock is mostly a matter of personal preference, although the weight of the wood can be a determining factor, depending on how the rifle will be used. Typically the woods that I use are mostly the different Walnuts, although I have also used Koa, Mango, Birch, Maple, Oak, and others. With the advent of modern bedding techniques, the use of other exotic woods (and even some lightweight soft woods) is now a possibility. A stock can be either carved from a blank or can be duplicated.
Determining Length of Pull – measuring the distance from the trigger to the end of the butt plate. The distance between the trigger and the pistol grip must also be determined The length of the fingers and the size of the hand are an important factor in this step.
Stock is cut to proper length.
Action is placed in proper reference position to trigger finger.
Cheekpiece is cut and separated from the stock.
Butt plate is mounted based on calculatioin of length of pull.
Hardware is machined for cheekpiece.
Begin rough woodworking on chosen blank for stock. Rasping, cutting, reducing size of wood, fitting butt plate. Inletting……Wood is machined to fit the action. Clearance is needed for the bedding block or pillars. Total control of the process from start to finish ensures the correct placement of the trigger in the stock.
Rifle Bedding (also known as glass bedding) is the process of filling gaps between the action and the stock of a rifle with an epoxy based material. The bedding creates a stable and precise fit for the contact surfaces. Bedding is a technique employed in accurizing a rifle and to a lesser extent prolonging the life of the stock. Bedding is either done with a bedding block or pillars or by special request.
Remove action from the bedding material and replace the trigger into the action and machine out the stock for the trigger.
The stock is turned upside down and machined for the forend and the trigger guard.
Fine wood rasping, finishing lines on cheekpiece and shaping various parts of the stock and cheekpiece.
Rough sand the stock to approximate final dimensions.
Machine trigger guard to fit stock.
Hand fit trigger guard and stock.
Final fitting of the butt plates, cheekpiece, pistol grip, trigger guard and forend rail. This is totally customized to the individual shooter whenever possible.
Four steps of sanding – from 80 grit through 320 to 400 grit.
Determine final finish – oil or lacquer.