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Mauser stock fitting ??

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by litman252, Nov 29, 2004.

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  1. litman252

    litman252 Member

    Aug 2, 2003
    Janesville Wis.
    Hello all,
    I am fitting a spare stock to my old mauser .308 for R@D purposes in making a scout rifle. My problem is what to use to get rid of the tight spots and how to find the tight spots??? Something more than a pocket knife but less than the dremel.
    I don't want to buy $50 worth of tools for a cheap project iether.

    Any other good hints, cutting down barrel, drilling and taping for reciever
  2. Jim K

    Jim K Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    To find the tight spots you can use Dykem blue, carbon paper (almost unobtainable today, believe it or not), a magic marker, or steal the wife's lipstick. Mark the receiver/barrel where it looks tight and put it in the stock as far as it will go; where the stock is marked is where it needs wood removed.

    As to tools, I don't know of a substitute for good stock tools if you want to do the job right. You can make your own, by such techniques as sharpening the end of a steel tubing, or grinding a box cutter blade to the shape wanted and using it as a scraper, but the result may not be satisfactory unless you are very careful and very patient.

    Shotgun News ran a series of articles over the past 6 months or so with almost the exact info you want. You might write them and see if the articles have been compiled separately or if they have back issues. I can't give you any better advice than what is found in those articles. The author does assume that the reader has at least some basic tools and knows how to use them.

  3. Clemson

    Clemson Member

    Feb 17, 2003
    Greenwood, SC
    Jim gives good advice. I would add:

    My wife has never been willing to (knowingly) donate a lipstick to the cause. Marking the high spots can also be done by coating the metal with "Prussian Blue." It is made by Permatex and is available at most auto parts stores. I spread it on the metal with a throw-away acid brush from the same auto parts store.

    You can cut away the interference spots in the barrel channel by wrapping some sandpaper around a deep-well socket of the proper size. I actually prefer a section of wooden dowell, but the deep wells make it easy to change the size as needed. Just run the sandpaper with the backing dowell or socket up and down the barrel channel and remove the Prussian blue that showed up. Removing spots around the action inletting is best done with scrapers or with woodcarving chisels.

    Good luck!

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