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Todays Tinkering - Complete A Stock Front End...

Discussion in 'Technical' started by Halinfax, Apr 16, 2020.

  1. Halinfax

    Halinfax Full time tinkerer and general all round nice guy

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    Gentlemen... another day of shed tinkering is forced upon us and all those "little jobs" that we say were gonna do... are NOW getting done...

    One such job is the SMK PR900 in .177 that I modified to increase the air volume, regulate it and a better shot count...

    Deciding to use the stock stock... I modified it to accept the front end buddy bottle and drop block but....... it didn't look right...

    As some of you know, the PR's fore end is long and sleek and it just didn't look right with the introduction of the buddy bottle... SO....

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    In best tinkering fashion, I commandeered a chunk of African Mahogany of a mate of mine and decided to "beef up" the front end with a contrasting timber (like the R10, but not as expensive!!!)

    Using the table saw and cutting the "innards" out of the block so that it was a snug fit over the width of the PR's front end, I then proceeded to cut the underside of the fore end parallel to the top rail so that the new block had a definitive location. A bit of "jiggery pokery" and it all fit nicely prior to gluing....

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    Once all the glue had dried, then came the long arduous task of planning, cutting, shaping, sanding, profiling then sanding again... before ALL the stock was sanded down to just how I wanted it....

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    A cleaning off with a tack rag and then 2 coats of Tung Oil was applied and the stock was left out in the sun for about 6-7 hours....

    Upon retrieval .... a quick soft cloth polish and the action was replaced..... screws fitted.. and test shots made....

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    I LOVE IT...... for a cheap little Chinese rifle costing me £149 BRAND NEW..... to how it looks, fires and feels today.... I am not complaining....
     
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  2. mikeyhall1

    mikeyhall1 Amazing Poster

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    Amazing skills Hal, very impressive mate
     
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    Nubble Donator

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    Brilliant!
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  4. gazzago

    gazzago Engaging Member

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    Turned out really well. You must be pleased :thumb:
     
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  5. John Gibbins

    John Gibbins Engaging Member

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    amazing work ,
    if I was being picky, looked better before the dremel work...but that's just me.
     
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    phil.m Donator

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    Nice one Hal, I love reading your threads.
     
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  7. TalinMoracius

    TalinMoracius Arch nemesis of Colonel Heinz

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    That is superb Hal!
     
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    trebike0 Busy Member

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    nice job :thumb:
     
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    Tyler durdon Big Poster

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    Great job that !
     
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    richard.g Busy Member

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    Top job :thumb:
     
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  11. ped

    ped Keyboard Hero

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    looks spot on
    i have a chunk of south american(we think) mahogany for you and i have quite a few darker wood chunks that would've looked good spliced in at an angle
     
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  12. Halinfax

    Halinfax Full time tinkerer and general all round nice guy

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    Hi mate.. Yes I wanted to splice it at an angle BUT as the side walls would have been too thin to join together there would have been no firm surfaces to bond to.. so the NEXT one I to....... I will bond it on BEFORE relieving the action into it... :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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  13. shadowryder

    shadowryder "whistlin' Dixie"

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    STEEL-WOOD-DELRIN,,,
    this man can work masterpieces with anything!!!!
    J.
    :claping::claping::claping:
     
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