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Glass to Stiffen Stock - Fail

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by MtnCreek, Dec 19, 2012.

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  1. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Member

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    Well that was disappointing! Pieced together savage rifle with a factory tupperware stock had a ton of flex. A similar action was pillar and glassed bedded to this stock. I removed / re-glassed it for the new action, but major stock flex. Action bedding was w/ accraglass. I decided to fill the forearm w/ bedding thinking that would stiffen it up. Didn’t have enough accraglass, so I added some Score High 2000 to a recent midway purchase. I removed the barreled action from the stock this evening, cleaned everything up and reassembled. The stock still has a ton of flex! It’s nicely floated… as long as there’s no pressure on the forend…. Complete waste of time & money. :(
     
  2. 25cschaefer

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    At school, I have seen a few guys cut 2 strips of carbon fiber or fiberglass about 1/2"x1/4"xforearm length, cut a channel and glass them into the forearm.
     
  3. MtnCreek

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    Here's the offender. The lighter colered 'gray' in front of the lug is accraglass that was milled out post bedding. All the dark black in the forearm is the 2000 glass. I think I'll tuck tail and call Kevin Rayhill to see if he has a money saver sitting on the shelf that needs a home; probably doesn't...

    Also added a pic of the rifle since I didn't in this thread. http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=686763


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  4. RaceM

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    A couple steel rods glassed in might do the trick.
     
  5. MtnCreek

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    I thought about milling the stock to fit some threaded rod and glassing that in. I'm sure that would have helped, but I don't know if it would have been a 100% fix. It was a good learning experience and I'm still glad I gave it a shot. I tend to lean more from my failures than my accidental successes.
     
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    Composite arrow shafts are much lighter and stiffer than steel rod. Pretty common to glass them into a stock to stiffen it up.
     
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    Or, if it's too thin for a hole and stiff dowel type job, you could glass some fabric to the inside of the barrel channel after opening it up a bit more.
     
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    'at's what my buddy did. Worked perfectly.
     
  9. MtnCreek

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    What kind of arrow? I recently got back into bows (like last few weeks) and arrows seem to be as flimsly as ever. I bought some Beman rated for 40# and some rated for 70#. Both seem pretty flexable. Even my old alum arrows are flexable, 2112, 2212, 2312 & 2512.

    Thanks!
     
  10. 25cschaefer

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    The arrows will flex in the air because there is nothing around it, if you grab it at the ends it flexes a lot but if you grab it in the middle and try to flex it it will not bend. I like the idea of an arrow, it will reduce flex in all directions where a slab of fiberglass will only limit it i one direction. Go down to the local bow shop and they will probably give you a 20 inch chunk from somebody's busted arrow.
     
  11. slabhead

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    I've had similar problems with Savage and Remington factory plastic stocks. I like to run some spring steel down into the bedding job. I cut mine from cattle panels.
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    Me, If it were to bother me - not caring too much about reasonable weight increases, I'd lay in cut down thin walled stainless or maybe even copper tube of a matched diameter as a liner with at least 6 attachment points.
     
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