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Old December 23, 2019, 01:31 PM   #1
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Springfield 1903 restock Blowout

Hi guys n gals, its been a while. I am restocking a US Springfield 1903 in .30-06. I was inletting the bolt handle to the stock, and had an issue with a chisel. Also, I fear I've removed too much material behind the bolt as well.

Attached are a few images, I have more if needed. I've stopped work until I get a second opinion on function and safety. I want to make sure This glitch hasn't affected anything with the bedding.

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Old December 23, 2019, 02:42 PM   #2
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Probably hasn't damaged the bedding. The most important part of the bedding is around the tang and the recoil lug. You use any epoxy for the bedding?
However, you need some tools other than a chisel. Wood working tools(rasps and files) will smooth the bolt handle channel out.
The stock looks like it has seen better days. So it'd be a goo0d idea to look at a newer stock to get an idea what it should look like.
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Old December 23, 2019, 03:25 PM   #3
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Thanks T. O'Heir-

Actually this is a brand new stock still in the rough; customer wants to finish it after I have the action bedded. I haven't bedded it yet, that is the next step, with acraglas, after I get the bolt fitted. I started this with a rasp and round files as well as Sandpaper around various sized dowels. I took to the chisel to square out the channel like the old stock.

The old stock sheared off along the grain through the wrist up into the rear tang. Compliments of gravity and a high tree.

What happened to me was a chunk of wood let loose deeper than I had intended. I figured the only load bearing parts were the rear tang and front lug, but I was unsure if anything transferred through the bolt handle itself. My thought is it doesn't.





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Went ahead and finished the rifle. Thanks for the input.
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Old December 25, 2019, 01:11 PM   #5
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The old stock sheared off along the grain through the wrist up into the rear tang. Compliments of gravity and a high tree.



What happened to me was a chunk of wood let loose deeper than I had intended. I figured the only load bearing parts were the rear tang and front lug, but I was unsure if anything transferred through the bolt handle itself. My thought is it doesn't.
The gun's recoil force should transfer to the stock on the front lug bearing surface only, and nowhere else. The force will then travel through whatever little wood left on both sides of the action, eventually to the wrist, then the butt of the stock, and on to the shooter's shoulder. That unfortunately makes the bolt handle recess wrong area to lose any fiber of wood unnecessarily. The rear tang should NOT contact any wood behind it, so that it doesn't help transfer recoil force at all, or the wrist will start to crack with use.

I would try to fill the lost wood with bedding compound during glass bedding. To give the load bearing area additional strength, I would put a ribbed metal pin with epoxy glue through the wood right behind the front lug. It is common feature in factory stocks, such as Remington 700.

The bedding material you plan to use is good. But I like the steel putty from Devcon better.

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

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