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January 22, 2013, 01:14 PM
I have a stock on a sported Mauser that has a nice design but the checkering is shallow and uneven. I would like to go over it and clean it up. I was going to use a 60 degree file but corners will be an issue. How is checkering done and what type of tool would I use?
January 22, 2013, 02:03 PM
Brownell carries the proper checking tools that has the proper angle. For what you want to do and I've done it, you should only need one tool. However, if there is any collector value, to your pice, I wold rethink this. The stock I worked with, had some flat points and at that time, had little value .. :)
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January 22, 2013, 07:43 PM
Checkering is done with small 90 degree toothed checkering cutters that look a bit like a 1/2" long piece of a file on a handle. There are spacers as well as multi-line cutters, designed to make the job look even and keep the lines parallel. Not trying to sound negative, but a rifle like your Belgian Mauser is no place to start learning. If you want the checkering recut, give it to an experienced stockmaker to do. PM me if you want a quote, I am a stockmaker.
January 22, 2013, 08:06 PM
There are spacers as well as multi-line cutters, designed to make the job look even and keep the lines parallel.
If you decide to do this work on your piece, I'd suggest a single line cutter and work slowly. If you go with a multi-line cutter, you wil have to define and match, your existing spacing and will have less control. Once you start, you will see what I mean. .... ;)
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January 22, 2013, 09:24 PM
Here is Larry Potterfield discussing checkering a stock. It should be pretty helpful.
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