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Recovered O/U, after son's mishap

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  1. Picher

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    My son was hunting out back with his bird dog a few days ago and slipped on some hidden ice, falling on his nice old Weatherby 20 ga. O/U Olympian, badly cracking the pistol grip area in several places. He's about 50 and nearly cried, since it's his favorite gun and I passed it down to him about 25 years ago, when he got his first bird dogs.

    He came over and showed it to me and I was sure I could salvage it, so ordered a fresh batch of Brownells Acraglas and some 1/4" surgical tubing. We also got a couple of plastic hypodermics for injecting the mixture into cracks. I drilled reinforcing holes from inside the inletted portion and ground some slots to help the epoxy get into cracks, etc.

    After setting up for about 6 hours, I removed the wrapped tubing and, using a popsicle stick, scraped away the ridges between tubing ridges, made easier by previously coating the stock's exterior with release compound.

    A few hours later, I removed the action from the stock and it looked good, but needed some cleanup, which was done with the Moto Tool. It needed some relief for the firing pin extensions, which go into inletted holes at the rear of the action, but otherwise minimal cleanup was necessary.

    Picture shows the worst side of the break, a section that was popped out in the checkered area and which we couldn't get perfectly returned, but pretty close. Fortunately, it's not in the area where he grips the gun with his right hand.

    We took it out back and shot clays and it works just as well as it did before the damage! It's his only O/U and he's been the shooter at local field trials, so needs a double gun to do that, for safety reasons.

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  2. entropy

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    Surgical tubing and hypos? Bet the pharmacist thought you were shooting up.....;)
    A crack that big I might have pinned, but if it's holding up, that's what matters.
     
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    Good save.. :thumbup:
     
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    Nice job. Nice looking gun, too.
     
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    Great job with the repairs! Always love a good rescue and repair story!
     
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    I'm glad you got it patched up.
    When I first read the title of the thread, I thought the worst. Honestly, I'm glad it was only a cracked stock.
     
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  7. Picher

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    I installed a couple of pins at the rear of the action, but the large surface break on the left side grip area was "too thin to pin", so the wrap worked fine. I also cut a piece of wood, to which I applied release compound, that maintained the correct spread of the opening to fit the action.

    The good thing about the left side is that the crack surfaced within the checkered area, so even though I couldn't get the edge perfectly flat to the original surface, I used a small triangular file to blend the checkering edge and it looks pretty good.
     
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    Good job.
     
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    Nice repair Pitcher, glad to hear it’s shooting well.
     
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    From the begining of your post I thought we were going towards an underwater salvage!
     
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  11. Picher

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    One thing I forgot to mention was that I was afraid that the epoxy was going to go into the stock bolt hole, so I found a color crayon, stripped the paper cover off and pushed it down the hole. It fit perfectly, and was easy to remove when the epoxy had set up.
     
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    That's a slick trick. :thumbup:
     
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    I dealt with a cracked pistol grip by drilling through the pistol grip from top down inside inside. I purchased a 12 inch 1/2" drill bit and going through the inside was able to create a 1/2" hole through most of the pistol grip. Since I did not go through from the bottom, you can't see the hole. I filled that hole with a two part epoxy, Evercoat epoxy http://www.evercoat.com/product-detail/base-part/100642/us/. I think I got the stuff from Home depot or a Marine boating store. The stuff has the consistency of honey and will flow. Just filled the hole and let the epoxy cure. The theory is, the epoxy is stronger than the wood. I have seen Anschutz stocks, with sheared pistol grips, and the repair was a bolt through the pistol grip. But you could see the bolt end.
     
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    The surgical tubing is the best trick I know of to squeeze odd shaped items together.

    This thread would be better with before/after photos and phenomenal with step by step photos.
     
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  15. Picher

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    This thread was an afterthought. I was primarily concerned about performing the repair. There are probably several videos available on the web that might give folks more information, but this break and its specific situation may not be typical of most.
     
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    I’ve seen YouTube videos where surgical tubing was used in the manner Picher used it.
     
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    the bands they use when the doctor/nurse takes your blood presser work very good,
     
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    Nice job.
    I’ve been doing stock repairs for over 30 years.
    Here is a tip for using epoxy.
    Drill down into the crack. This can be done before or after the stock has been put back together. Wrap some fiberglass thread around a bamboo skewers and insert them in the holes with epoxy.
    Here is the reason for this. Epoxy , like Acraglas, bonds great to surfaces but bonds better to itself. Instead of having just a thin amount of epoxy holding the pieces together, you have a 360 degree bond around the dowel.
    I believe I posted some repair topics a while back, and covered the repairs in my post on the M1 Garand I picked up from the CMP.
     
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  19. Picher

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    I drill down cracks and put pieces of rust-resistant bolts in the holes to reinforce the repair and provide better recoil-resistance behind receivers and across round rifle actions near recoil plates, to keep stocks from spreading at the critical front action screw location.
     
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    Got the surgical tubing from Brownell's, where I ordered the Accraglas. The hypodermics were actually made for gluing, also ordered online by my son. They worked better than medical ones would have, as the tip was perfect size for the epoxy and I was able to reach into all the tight spots and drill holes. It was a 2-pack, so have an unused one for future repairs.
     
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    The hardest part of a repair is dressing it up. That where you have to clean up and blend the finish so that the repair does not show.
    I used to post on several forums under the name Candyman. Here is one of my old post on a wrist repair on a 03A3 stock.
    http://www.theguncounter.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4470
     
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    Good job!
     
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    The day my son broke the Weatherby, I offered to give him my Beretta O/U, but he wanted the Weatherby because he shoots it so well and it has so much history with the family. "Heart over brain." :)

    I'm glad he didn't want it, because I love it!! It was NIB last fall, but been sitting, unfired, in a guy's closet for 28 years and his wife found it after he died. Didn't even own any ammo for it. I got it from a dealer friend for $600.

    The Weatherby patterns like crap, but kills like lightning! I'm still teaching the Beretta, but it's learning pretty fast.
     
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    I'll take that Beretta if he doesn't want it! ;) Beautiful gun. Who's really teaching whom?
     
  25. Picher

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    Nothing wrong with the Beretta, either. My son shot a video with his phone when we were shooting both guns after the repair, but I can't seem to upload it here. It's short, but sweet. I'd never seen a video of my shooting clays and I'm surprised that it came out as well as it did. If anyone knows how to post it, please let me know.
     
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