Cutting a stock down for the kids


PDA






kyle1974
October 5, 2012, 08:12 PM
I'm building up a rifle for my boys. It's a short action remington 700.

I bought a couple old stocks to cut down, but I have a question.

Currently, both stocks have a thin plastic but plate. I'm going to put a good recoil pad on the rifle after I cut it down. The wood is cut (under the factory buttplate) with a very slight cuvature. When I go to cut the stocks down, do I need to follow this same curvature, or can I just cut it straight, and then install the new recoil pad?

If you enjoyed reading about "Cutting a stock down for the kids" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
Chawbaccer
October 5, 2012, 10:15 PM
Simplist to just cut it straight, but I suggest you wait until you have the new recoil pad to see what it might require. If it is curved, you will have a template to trace on the butt for cutting.

JT-AR-MG42
October 5, 2012, 10:29 PM
Good for you. More parents should be willing to cut the stocks for proper fit for their children.
Gives them a gun they can shoot well with a proper stance rather than struggling with a stock that would equate to a 18-20" LOP for us.

I have only seen straight aftermarket pads.
Figured the companies knew it was going to be put on a cut down stock in the first place so as not to change the LOP too much.

Don't know how much you are cutting and you do mention it is a pick up spare stock.
A friend of mine was cutting down stocks for his kids - quite a bit - and showed me a trick.

Before cutting he ran a pair of small diameter holes with a long metal bit down through the butt inline with the stock.
Kept them off of the mounting holes for the pad/buttplate of course.

That way, as the kids grew, he was able to use the holes for proper alignment when re-lengthening the stock.

Belt sander completed the match up.

JT

kyle1974
October 5, 2012, 11:40 PM
I've found that these wood remington ADL stocks can be picked up pretty cheap. I'm going to cut them in 1" increments, as I have 4 kids (pray for me :D), and can go back and forth with the stocks according to which one of my kids is shooting it.

Shadow 7D
October 5, 2012, 11:59 PM
You can pick up but plates and pad pretty cheaply at any gun show, last one I went to had 2 or 3 dealers with rubbermaids full of them, I cut a deal closing time to get 4 for $10
put it on a piece of junk wood or plastic, cut out a template and use it for rough shaping.

Butt pads tend to be flat, where plates are more likely to have a curve in the end wood.

ms6852
October 6, 2012, 05:46 PM
This method is a little pricey but axiom sells a collapsible stock with a length of pull ranging from 11 inches to 15".

http://www.blackhawk.com/product/Axiom-UL-Rifle-Stock,220,166.htm

floorit76
October 6, 2012, 05:54 PM
I cut a marlin 60 stock into waffers for my sone when he was getting started. Be sure to drill two pilot holes through the stock before cutting, it makes aligning the wafers later much easier. I just drilled down the butt plate screw holes, and used long screws through the pile of wafers and butt plate.

kyle1974
November 21, 2012, 12:14 AM
So here's the end result. Practicing at the range and his first deer. http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/11/21/ra5asega.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/11/21/3a4apaty.jpg

dc.fireman
November 21, 2012, 12:33 AM
Nice shot!

sixgunner455
November 21, 2012, 01:00 AM
good for him, and good for you!

kyle1974
November 21, 2012, 11:35 AM
Nice shot!

Yes. Right on the neck. He dropped him.

urbaneruralite
November 21, 2012, 02:46 PM
That is awesome. Great job!

rugerman
November 21, 2012, 10:26 PM
When my son was little (8or9) he wanted a shotgun so I took my dads old 1100 20 gauge and cut a couple of inches off the stock with a scroll saw and then put a slip on recoil pad over the cut end, worked great! When he got big enough for a full length stock I took the piece that I had cut off and glued it back on and put the slip on pad back on it and he used it a few more years til he moved up to a 12 gauge.

guntech59
November 21, 2012, 11:32 PM
Good for you. More parents should be willing to cut the stocks for proper fit for their children.
Gives them a gun they can shoot well with a proper stance rather than struggling with a stock that would equate to a 18-20" LOP for us.

I have only seen straight aftermarket pads.
Figured the companies knew it was going to be put on a cut down stock in the first place so as not to change the LOP too much.

Don't know how much you are cutting and you do mention it is a pick up spare stock.
A friend of mine was cutting down stocks for his kids - quite a bit - and showed me a trick.

Before cutting he ran a pair of small diameter holes with a long metal bit down through the butt inline with the stock.
Kept them off of the mounting holes for the pad/buttplate of course.

That way, as the kids grew, he was able to use the holes for proper alignment when re-lengthening the stock.

Belt sander completed the match up.

JT
Exactly what I did for my kids. It works like a charm. I used wooden dowels and glue to line the parts up when adding slices back on.

If you enjoyed reading about "Cutting a stock down for the kids" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!