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Old August 12, 2010, 05:50 AM   #1
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"Restoring" an 1891 Argentine

I have an 1891 Argentine (Long Version - Not Carbine) that has a great action, an excellent bore, and shoots well. Unfortunately, it has the all-to-common hacked stock fore-end. Not sure why anyone would have ever wanted to hack away at such a beautiful gun. But, I got a deal on the gun, so I'm not complaining.

There aren't any full length Argentine stocks available (unless, anybody knows of any place), and I would like to put this baby back into something resembling it's original configuration.

What about the possibility of using the fore-end off of a Turkish Mauser 38 Stock and joining the two underneath the barrel band? Is that a workable idea? I have both rifles, and Turk 38 stocks are fairly easy (and cheap) to come by. The barrel bands are in about the same spot, and the fore-ends are virtually identical.

I am not a woodworker, nor a gunsmith, by any stretch of the imagination - how hard would something like that be? What would you use to connect the separate pieces together? I don't plan on shooting the rifle much, but I would like any "restoration" to hold up under at least an occasional firing.

There seems to be a relatively high demand for full-length Argentine stocks - I'm amazed an enterprising businessman hasn't started making reproductions.
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