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Reworking a Dupage/Boyds Garand Stock, Handguards

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Orlando, Jan 3, 2010.

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  1. Orlando

    Orlando Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I got a Walnut Dupage/Boyds stock. The stocks are Boyds that Dupage slims down 'closer" to USGI specs. Although very close they had a slight overhang so I decided to do some work on them
    I started off with 60 grit sandpaper until I had it shaped to proper size. I then used 100 and 150 and 180 for final sanding.
    I used a set of Post War handgaurds as models for proper size, and a digital dial caliper
    Here are some before and after pics. The rear handguard as it was fairly close to size and didnt need much
    I took quite a bit off the forearm to get it to size
    I used a Post War Stock and handguards as a model for measurements.

    After everything was sanded I applied several hand rubbed coats of medium walnut Danish oil
    I then remembered that I forgot to do the tilt test, well she failed the test so had to get out the sandpaper again
    I had to remove some material so the stock ferrule would sit lower enough so the Op Rod didnt rub . I used a utility knife to remove wood then sand slightly to smooth

    You can see here where the OP Rod was rubbing , I removed a small amount of wood along the whole length
    The Op Rod was rubbing pretty good all long the inside, so I removed wood there also

    The rear handguard was to long on the nose and extended to far through the band and actually kept the front handguard front sitting where it should. I sanded off some there also
    Got her all back together

    The rifle is one I sent to Shuffs Parkerizing a few years ago for a repark, recrown the muzzle, and reworked the trigger

    My impression of Dupage/ Boyds stocks :
    Even though they are slimmed they still need some work to reduced overhang. The wrist of the stock is about the size of Post War stocks
    Stock fit and lock up is tight, just be sure to check the tilt test.
    At first I wasnt very excited about them but now that I am finished I guess they arent a bad deal for the price. Just be prepared for some sanding of your own

    It was alot of work but all in all it was worth it. I actually enjoyed it. Overall I am very pleased with the wood. Cant wait to get to the range and try her out with her new set of clothes.
    I have a Fancy Grade walnut Dupage/Boyds stock that is next on the agenda.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2010
  2. Tim the student

    Tim the student Member

    Feb 1, 2009
    Looks like you did a great job.

    Thanks for the write-up, I enjoyed it.
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