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Topic: Sidelock Restock Project, glutton for punishment?< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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I have a chopped (smurf LOP) and cracked buttstock on an early 1900s Baker.  It's tight and in sound order, sans the wood. I found a place online and had a 98% inlet buttstock and fore-end done for it for $170 shipped. I got plain walnut as the gun wasn't anything fancy in it's day. I briefly toyed with the idea of removing the pistol grip as I prefer the straight grip, but the trigger guard that extends into the grip is curved and I don't want to get into any metal work.

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a very good book on restocking a sidelock shotgun to use as a reference. I guess I'm worried the most about getting sharp lines.

This shows how much was chopped off the stock.


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Professional Stockmaking by David Wesbrook.  It is out of print but can still be found. Try Abe books or other used booksellers.

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why not turn it into a round knob or POW.. the best of both worlds.. and you wouldn't have to mess with the metal

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What Hunshatt said....

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Get yourself some inletting black from Brownells or Midway USA, also a set of palm chisels for inletting. I use a series of small blocks and dowls of wood in different sizes to attach sand paper to for fine work. Remember to make full even strokes. Bad lines often come from putting too much pressure on the front half of your sanding block when making a stroke. Keep the pressure in the middle. One other thing, leave the dremel or power tools in the drawer. All you are doing is asking for trouble. The stock will be the easiest part of the job IMO, even on a sidelock. Forearms are a bitch as too much material removed they look awful, too little removed and the gun wont lock up. Good luck and keep us posted. There are a few on here such as Bosco and Too Dogs who can give you some good advice when you run into issues. I don't get much time to work on stocks these days since I am busy at work, but it is an enjoyable hobby and nothing as rewarding as shooting a bird with a gun you stocked.

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Hi:

    Years ago, I decided to stock a side lock 16 gage.  I went on Shotgun world and asked for advice.  The very best advice that i got was, "pray"  After I got done with the job, I knew what the man was thinking when he offered that advice!

    In any case, I got the job done and it looks great.

    Getting all four sides to fit without any gaps is very difficult!!! It will take you much time and worry.  If you make ONE cut that is too deep on one side, then you must adjust the other sides and the tang to compensate!

    I just have to finish the cheek piece and the gun is finished.  However, I have done 6 rifle stocks since I put the shotgun on hold! Lol I just have burned out on that project! After i finish the wo rifles that I am now stocking, I must finish the shotgun.

    My advice is to send it out to a stock maker to have him inlet the head of the stock ahd the forearm!  Bite the bullet and pay him whatever he wants!  It will be cheap compared the Hell that you will experience.  If your are a masochist, then go for it! Lol

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Professional Stockmaking by David Wesbrook.  It is out of print but can still be found. Try Abe books or other used booksellers.

That's the book...but good luck finding a copy.  

Franchi's advice could be spot on depending on your mindset, although the speed it happens could be either a hell to be endured or a joy to be savored and remembered when you are carrying that gun years from now.  It's a lot of work, but perhaps ignorance of that is a blessing.  
My only advice is to go slow and any time you feel like you would be better off with a power tool to put it away for a few days and come back to it when your head is clear--a dremel or other similar tool will turn that semi-inlet into firewood in seconds flat.  Oh, and think before you cut!

Could you post a picture of the top tang of your gun, right around the safety lever?  Does it form one long taper to the rounded end, or is there a "swell" at the end of it like on a lefever?


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Thanks for the book recommendation. I don't think the tang of that action has a swell. The new stock is inlet for the action, but I'm sure it'll require proper fitting. There is extra wood. I plan on only using hand tools. I'm even considering not installing a pad, or doing a leather pad. Lots of enthusiasm, we'll see how it holds up when i'm hours and hours into it.

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That's the book...but good luck finding a copy.  

http://www.amazon.com/Profess....9356155
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Huh.  Last time I looked I couldn't find a copy.  Maybe I can convince Timmy to get me a Christmas present.

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