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Synthetic stock for 1917 Enfield

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by jim in Anchorage, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. jim in Anchorage

    jim in Anchorage Well-Known Member

    Can't find one. The Lee's two piece seems to be everywhere but no 1917s
  2. kwelz

    kwelz Well-Known Member

    Why would you do this. Why would you want a Synthetic Stock for this fine rifle.
  3. jim in Anchorage

    jim in Anchorage Well-Known Member

    Because the original Bishop walnut stock broke in half at the wrist. This is a 35-300 Win mag,and if I can get it shooting again for $ 100 I will be Happy. Will work on the fine English walnut stock later.
  4. shinz

    shinz Well-Known Member

    Jim, without knowing how bad a break it is, could I suggest that you could maybe epoxy the broken stock parts back together & then drill a 3/8" hole thru the wrist area, from inside the inletting thru the centre of the wrist area toward the centre of the butt pad. You will probably need to use a spade type drill bit to get enough length. Try to get a couple of inches past the break., then epoxy a length of 3/8" threaded steel rod into this hole. Use plenty of epoxy so it oozes out of the hole & then you'll know you've got good contact with the stock. Obviously the rod will need to be just shorter than the depth of the hole. You will then need to reshape & reinlet the rear of the inletting to your action. This is a modification that is often seen as being recommended, along with cross bolting, to prevent just this sort of stock damage in heavy recoilers. This might at least get you shooting again & at best might be able to be a permanent fix depending on the original break.
  5. jim in Anchorage

    jim in Anchorage Well-Known Member

    Thanks shinz .I think the split occurred because the tang was contacting the wood,on firing. I have had the same problem with pre war M70 Winchesters-you can see the tang,so you inlet it tightly,and any give on the recoil lug and it acts like a hatchet on the stock. Thats why I was thinking of a syn. stock.
  6. kevthefarmer

    kevthefarmer New Member

    Bell and Carlson make one, type 5171, on page 8 of their online catalogue at "www.bellandcarlson.com"
  7. shinz

    shinz Well-Known Member

    Fair enough Jim, just remember to relieve that new walnut stock behind the tang.:D
    Seems like you can have a gap or cracks, you takes your pick.:(

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