View Full Version : Wood worn off old Marlin 81 stock

August 14, 2012, 09:31 AM
I have a very old Marlin 81 (Ranger 22 S-L-R 103-13). After a few hundred rounds (and taking the stock off a few times), somehow the wood on the left side of the stock was warn away causing the trigger to actually touch the bottom of the trigger guard


I put some tissue in the gap to verify and it sits fine. Any solutions that don't require me to purchase a new stock and don't require regular upkeep?


August 14, 2012, 11:30 AM
I also have a Marlin 81 bought new around 1960. The rifle has tons of use and been taken apart for cleaning numerous times. However, other than dings, there is no wear or erosion of the stock.

If you bought the Marlin used then a previous owner may have altered the stock as it seems in the photo. Can't think of anything else that would cause such a condition in a well maintained firearm.

Epoxy, Bondo, wood putty, or shims may be used to restore original fit of the stock. The original finish to the worn/missing section is more difficult to restore.

August 14, 2012, 03:07 PM
Epoxy would be best.

August 14, 2012, 09:52 PM
Photo of my Marlin 81 stock. Note the receiver support in front of the trigger well that is missing on your stock. This and the area to the rear of the trigger well supports the receiver.

August 14, 2012, 10:10 PM
Go get an AcraGlas Gel kit and glass bed it so that it sits up where it's supposed to.

August 14, 2012, 10:53 PM
I'd try Minwax epoxy wood putty.

August 14, 2012, 11:16 PM
J&B Wood weld, works wonderfully. I used it to fix my remington 33 stock