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Laser checkering an old stock.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by JeffG, Oct 13, 2017 at 12:48 AM.

  1. JeffG

    JeffG Member

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    Does anyone know what company is able to laser checker customer stocks of finished or unfinished walnut? I have a rifle stock (Zastava 798) that I filed off the crappy factory checkering and refinished, After hunting season, I would be willing to strip the stock again for a stipple/ texture / checker pattern. Traditional checkering patterns, or a nice oak leaf pattern for the pistol grip and forend is what I have in mind.

    Thanks for the help in advance. JeffG

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  2. hdwhit
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    Here's a company that has a system to let you do it yourself:
    https://www.epiloglaser.com/how-it-works/applications/gunstock-engraving.htm

    Here's a company that will engrave anything you want on a stock:
    http://www.preciselaserengraving.com/gunstocks.html

    Here's a custom stock maker that will also checker your stock:
    https://www.macongunstocks.com/home-1.html

    And one that can do traditional or an old-west flair:
    http://oldwestlasergraphic.com/Checkering.html

    These all turned up on the first two pages of a Yahoo search. There are many others. Preciselaserengraving seems to have the best price of the results I looked at. Hopefully you weren't just posting this to get someone else to do the legwork of an internet search for you.
     
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  3. JeffG

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    No, I was going the Google route. The ones I turned up, were stock makers who only do their own stocks, and shops with laser decks that were too short to do bolt action stocks. The prices are tending to be higher than I expected, but I'm gonna have to adjust. Thanks.
     
  4. LoneGoose

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    Or you can buy a set of checkering tools and DIY. I bought a Dem-Bart kit that has three handles and several cutter files, template, and instructions - rather cheaply. I have done several stocks for rifle and pistol. Just take your time and be careful and you can get a professional job done at home. Good luck.
     
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  5. Hardtarget

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    For myself, I really liked the suggestion from Lone Goose! Get a piece of wood similar to your stock and practice. Sure to enhance your feelings for the rifle...looking at YOUR checkering every time you handled the rifle. And, you could show us another pic when you complete your project !

    Mark
     
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  6. hq

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    There's really something special in having done some work on your gun yourself, especially if you like to spend time tinkering with all kinds of projects every now and then. The wood on the stock looks quite decent and I'd see it as an ideal template for a first DIY checkering job. Just the feeling of having sanded, refinished and checkered (see, you're halfway there already) the stock yourself is highly rewarding.
     
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  7. LoneGoose

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    Yeah, Larry Potterfield has a good video on checkering at MidwayUSA.
     
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  8. JeffG

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    Y'know I might just try that DIY solution. Laying out $250-300 seems expensive. Thanks everybody...:)
     
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